Monday, April 27, 2015

(Spoilers) Eat, Pray, Love Review

***SPOILER WARNING: Spoilers may be found in the post below about VARIOUS ITEMS. And I'm going to add in a bit of filler text here to limit how much of the main article gets shown in a preview. That should take care of most of it. Hopefully. And away we go. SPOILER WARNING. ***

Just reviewed a Julia Roberts movie, so why not add one more.

Liz (Julia Roberts) takes some time to find herself by making a few changes like getting divorced, and living abroad. Kind of romantic comedy, more drama with a serious tone.

Good or Bad?
It was on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon and nothing else was really on. I'm not a huge Julia Roberts fan, but her movies are more than watchable. This felt like a marathon and I've watched Magnolia many times. Not that I thought it was bad. I was thoroughly entertained. Maybe it had to do with the scale of the movie and how many settings it covered.

Off the top of my head, I think the movie started in Indonesia, went back to the United States, went to Italy, then to India, and finally back to Indonesia. These weren't 5 minute cameo trips like in action movies where they go to blow something up and go somewhere else either. The movie was about Liz finding something about herself or for herself in each of these locations. I loved the Italy portion because it felt the most unique with its architecture and stone streets. After seeing and loving The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Slumdog Millionaire, it didn't feel like Eat, Pray, Love used India as well as the other two movies. Indonesia looked like a nice paradise, but it wasn't my favorite. America was America. Speaking of eating, praying, and loving, I think she did each respectively in Italy, India, and Indonesia.

The acting was good and Julia Roberts carried the entire movie well. Considering that the entire movie was almost all about her with the supporting cast changing completely a few times, that was really important. There were numerous costars she met along the way, but the most memorable and notable for me was Javier Bardem. His stage presence and significance to Liz probably made it so.

Eat, Pray, Love felt like an epic due to its scale, covering four different, very unique countries, and spending more than an adequate amount of time in each. It was a reasonably entertaining movie, good for at least one viewing. I haven't seen it again since the first time. Not planning on rewatching it anytime soon, but I've got some fond memories.

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