Eat Pray Love

May 19, 2011

Last night I rejoined this little website.  You may have heard of it.  It’s called Netflix.  I had cancelled my account last year after not finding much use for it.  My old laptop and wireless connection were slow so streaming was out of the question and I wasn’t watching many movies on TV.  Since I got myself a brandy-new laptop and some speedy wireless, I figured I’d give Netflix another chance.  I signed up through eBay and claimed $15 worth of eBay bucks in the process, then I started browsing movies.  I have a lot of movie watching to catch up with.  I decided first on Eat Pray Love.  After reading the novel I was intrigued by the big screen adaptation. 

While the movie stayed true to the book for the most part, I felt the movie lacked a real sense of emotion and connection to Elizabeth Gilbert’s journey to find herself again.  Italy was a fun food journey.  Being a self-proclaimed foodie, my mouth was watering over giant bowls of spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce and basil, gelato and margherita pizza.  I may have lost track of the storyline just by looking at all of the gorgeous food Julia Roberts was sampling. 

Next, Liz travels to India to find spiritual reconnection.  I must admit that I was disappointed in this portion of her journey.  It felt disconnected to the emotion and spirituality written in the novel.  I expected more–much more–from India.  However a certain rooftop scene managed to bring me to tears. 

Last, Liz heads to beautiful Bali and finds love. If you haven’t read the novel, you would find this part of the film incredibly predictable.  It’s been a while since I’ve read the novel, but I felt like more of a chase happened between Liz and Felipe in the book.  However, the scenery is gorgeous and ladies get to see bare butt (that’s a plus, right?).  Oh, and James Franco is in the movie.  A definite plus.  He’s a real cutie.  If you’ve read the novel, do not expect to be moved by the movie.  It wasn’t bad.  It just fell flat compared to the book. 

I must say that streaming on my big, bad laptop is great!  I have a feeling that I won’t be cancelling my Netflix account anytime soon.

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