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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

EAT PRAY LOVE

By D.E.Levine

Producer: Ryan Murphy
Writer: Ryan Murphy and Jennifer Salt (screenplay), Elizabeth Gilbert (book)
Cast: Julia Roberts, Jarvier Bardem, l. Gusti Ayu Puspawati, Hadi Subiyanto, Billy Crudup, Viola Davis, A.Jay Radcliff, Mike O'Malley, James Franco, Richard Jenkins et al.
Producer: Dede Gardner
Executive Producers: Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt and Stan Wlodkowski
Associate Producer: Gary L. Hayes
Original Music: Dario Marianelli
Line Producers: Tabrez Noorani and Neil Raven
Running Time: 140 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language English
Genre: Romance

This highly anticipated film is a huge disappointment. While the cinematography shows a lovely Rome, a very deluxe Indian Ashram and an isolated but beautiful area of Bali, there are absolutely no sparks between Julia Roberts and any of her leading men.

Playing journalist Elizabeth Gilbert, who had a best selling autobiographical book about a year she spent getting in touch with herself, Julia Roberts divorces her husband, leaves behind a younger lover and finds a new romance with an attractive older man in Bali.

Unfortunately, with no sparks, all of the romances fall flat and are unbelievable. You may ask how can there be no sparks with actors like Javier Bardem and Billy Crudup? It's hard to manage, but Eat Pray Love does just that.

The entire film seems to revolve around first class privelege. It must be nice to take a year off to "find oneself." The problem, for those of us that have traveled, is that the luxurious accomodations in Rome, India (an air-conditioned meditation room?) and Bali, don't ring true because that's not what the average person gets for his/her money.

Additionally, the writer, has an underlying monologue of pop psychology that she delivers as the film meanders along. Given the monetary abundance plus the psychological monologue, the film comes across as unrealistic

And meander it does. While a nice travelogue, the story isn't interesting enough for the time devoted to it plus without sparks, the romances fall flat. By the time Liz reaches Bali the viewer is bored and not terribly interested in what the privileged Liz is going to find.

Additionally, Liz never really does anything on her own according to the film. Each stage of finding herself is actually guided by either a romantic interest or a friend who guides her through that particular adventure or stage of her life.

Although we see her resisting Bardem because she wants to "do it alone" this woman never does anything alone in the film.

Basically, although a high-budget, celebrity cast film, this one is overrated and not worth devoting time or money seeing.