Whether or Not to Eat, Pray, Love…

The movie “Eat, Pray, Love” has been received at the box office with mixed reviews. Upon viewing it myself, I also felt a mix of emotions about the movie. To begin with, I have not read the book. Those who have may indeed enjoy the movie more than those who haven’t. However, I went into the movie with fairly high expectations, being a fan of both Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem. My first complaint is that the movie is much too long. It drags terribly in the middle, and you begin to wonder if you will be in the theater for the rest of her life. Julia Robert’s character comes off as a bit selfish, over-emotional, and lost. She just isn’t as likable as a character should be, when you are supposed to care about her life story and journey to find herself. She was even a bit irritating. The scenery, however, was absolutely fantastic. Italy was simply breathtaking, and had some interesting plot lines. India was much more boring, and the story began to lose steam here. It is redeemed in the beautiful country of Bali, as more interesting things begin to happen, and you can’t help but get lost in the magical landscape. Its most redeeming quality comes in the form of Javier Bardem, who is not only a more interesting character, but a much better actor than Julia Roberts. In all, the film has its moments of beauty and emotion, and its moments of dullness and even unlikeability. It is truly a mixed bag. It is much a film based upon personal opinion.

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