Wednesday, March 30, 2011

EAT, PRAY, LOVE: A Movie Review

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia is a 2006 memoir by American author Elizabeth Gilbert. The memoir chronicles the author's trip around the world after her divorce and what she discovered during her travels. The book remained on The New York Times Best Seller list for 187 weeks. The movie rights for the memoir were purchased by Columbia Pictures. The film version, which stars American actress Julia Roberts, et al.

At 32 years old, Elizabeth Gilbert was educated, had a home, a husband, and a successful career as a writer. However, she was unhappy in her marriage and often spent the night sleeping on her bathroom floor. After separating from her husband and initiating a divorce, which he contested, she embarked on a rebound relationship which continued for some time but did not work out, leaving her devastated and alone.

Afterwards, while writing an article on yoga vacations in Bali, Gilbert met a ninth-generation medicine man who told her she would one day come back and study with him. After finalizing her difficult divorce, Gilbert spent the next year traveling around the world. The trip was paid for in advance with a book deal from the publisher.

She spent four months in Italy, eating and enjoying life ("Eat"). She spent three months in India, finding her spirituality ("Pray"). She ended the year in Bali, Indonesia, looking for "balance" of the two and found love ("Love") in the form of a dashing Brazilian factory owner.


My friend and I went to see this film, last year. I just thought that this movie was really disappointing and I was really looking forward to it. The movie itself misses the whole meaning behind the book. In the beginning, it may sound boring but as you go through, you will see that there is more in to it.

If you're going to examine the bare facts of the story, then you'll have to emit the protagonist is still just a pseudo deep self centered b*tch and from what I've heard about Julia Roberts, playing this role was not a stretch at all. Don't get me wrong, I love Julia Roberts as an actress. It's just the story that I didn't like. Correction, it is DISLIKE and not HATE.

I honestly like and dislike the movie/book, at the same time. I like it because of the quotes and the learning experiences that she has gone through although, she wouldn't have to divorce her husband just for the sake of finding herself back or traveling to other countries. I am not saying that traveling is bad, it's just too annoying for me that it is superficial yet inspiring.Looks like a movie for the screwed up "modern woman" who chases bad guys constantly, makes all the wrong decisions and then cries over how her life sucks when it's her fault.

A woman who divorced her loving husband, left her New York home, didn't want to have kids, to travel, to learn how to meditate, to learn how to speak Italian, to travel the world. At the end of the book/movie, she went back to New York with her new boy friend/husband to be, and will probably have kids. She divorced her husband to travel the world: to eat, love, and pray. Really?! Can you not travel the world to eat and pray without divorcing your husband?! Really?! You have to divorce your husband to travel the world to find true love?!

She was more interested in "the awkward, unresolved stuff she must have chosen to leave out," noting that Gilbert omits the "confusion and unfinished business of real life," and that "we know how the story ends pretty much from the beginning."

Some of the quotes that I really, really love <3:

"Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation."

"Learning how to discipline your speech is a way of preventing your energies from spilling out of you through the rupture of your mouth, exhausting you and filling the world with words, words, words instead of serenity, peace and bliss."

"People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life."

"It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection."

"I am stronger than Depression and braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me."

"To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life"

"God dwells within you, as you."

"The resting place of the mind is the heart. The only thing the mind hears all day is clanging bells and noise and argument, and all it wants is quietude. The only place the mind will ever find peace is inside the silence of the heart. That's where you need to go."

"Sometimes life is too hard to be alone, and sometimes life is too good to be alone."

"Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings."


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