The first movie with Julie Roberts that Greg and I saw together was Mystic Pizza. He willingly went with me tonight to see Eat Pray Love and actually enjoyed it. Although many movie critics and nearly half of movie-goers so far haven’t given it great reviews, I liked it. I didn’t love it as much as I love many other movies, but it was enjoyable.
People are calling the main character (Elizabeth Gilbert in real life) selfish or self-indulgent. One reviewer called it “a rich woman’s fantasy”. I say, good for her for finally taking time to step away from relationships. I wouldn’t recommend this for everyone woman, but it worked for Gilbert and for her situation.
Some are saying that the book only gained popularity from being one of Oprah’s choices for her book club. Alright. And the problem with that is…? Let it be!
This was a fairly entertaining movie based on a true story that, if you look beneath the surface, makes you think. Some may think they need to follow the same path Gilbert followed in order to “find themselves”. While the travel and experience may be intriguing, I don’t believe it needs to come to that for most people.
What I saw was a woman who has probably been fearful for her whole adult life and a little before that even. Lost and confused about what she really wanted out of life, she left the life she knew behind to go figure that out. It seemed to me that she could have been suffering from anxiety and maybe even depression. So instead of turning to Prozac (or whatever designer coping drug was popular at the time), she took a journey. On that journey, she found love again.
Personally, I don’t understand getting so lost that you have no idea what you want – that you don’t know if what you have is what you want. The fact that we have in the first place makes us very fortunate people. We have so many choices in life – far more than so many other people less fortunate than we are. In fact, I sometimes think we have too many choices. That’s enough to confuse anyone!
There was one part in the movie where a guy in Italy talked about Americans knowing how to have fun but not knowing how to take pleasure in that. That is right on! How many times have you been at a social gathering (a party, if you will), and in the middle of laughing and having a good time, your thoughts turn to a pressing deadline or some obligation the next day or later in the week? Guilty? I know I am!
I say, if you lighten up a little, you can find pleasure in so many things in life – not just at parties or on vacation. Though some people are tense all through vacations even (sad). I’m talking about every single day here and not only certain occasions that stand out to you as “meaningful”. Every moment is meaningful in some way. Anyone who doesn’t see that needs to take a step back and look for it. It really is there.
So, no, the movie wasn’t a huge revelation to me. I don’t find myself longing to follow in Gilbert’s footsteps. I did find her journey interesting and enlightening. The movie was entertaining! As always, Julie Roberts was enchanting in her role. So don’t take the movie critics’ reviews as the be-all/end-all decision maker for you. Watch the movie and make your own decision whether or not it was a good movie! I give it a thumbs up and a smile.