DVD review – Eat Pray Love

2011-03-11 13:58

Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling book about finding herself after an

unhappy marriage has been turned into a pretty, watchable film that

feeds into all sorts of female fantasy worlds.

DVD: Eat Pray Love (Nu Metro)
Director: Ryan Murphy
Featuring: Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, Billy Crudup and Viola Davis
Rating: 7/10

While many have accused Gilbert of being self-indulgent and self-absorbed, such criticism would have been significantly less harsh had she been a man.

For some reason men who go off to find themselves are indulged, women who do it are considered to be shirkers.

The film stars Julia Roberts as Liz, who takes the plunge, leaves her bad marriage and goes in search of the person she used to be.

She starts in the logical place – Italy.

In the home of great comfort food she puts on weight (how liberating) and learns to laugh and be happy.

She follows this up with a trip to an Indian ashram where she meets a wise man who has messed up his life and is seeking redemption.

The final leg of her trip is to Bali, where she finds true love.

We know it’s true as she’s just written a book about it called Fully Committed.

While watching Eat Pray Love more than once is unlikely, it is a good choice for a girls’ night in. It’s about  self-actualisation without reference to others, which is a rare premise for a story with a female protagonist.

Also, the fairytale element (she does hook up with a Brazilian millionaire in Bali and he’s played by Javier Bardem in the film) adds to the film’s escapist credentials.

Roberts too, more than 20 years after she popped up as Daisy in Mystic Pizza, is as likeable now as she was then – even if she does get her man and eats as much pasta as she likes too.

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