I happened to see this movie – purely accidentally, as I did not know about it till I saw the synopsis in the cable TV channel. I noticed that the main actress was Julia Roberts, and so decided that it might be worth seeing anyway, though the storyline did not appeal to me.
I almost managed to see some 90% of the movie with some constant interruptions spoiling the flow of the movie conversations. But I can say that I got the complete sense of the movie, unfortunately the ending was not what I predicted.
What does one really want out of life ? What is self-discovery ? Questions like these tend to plague many of us, especially people in the developed countries. Are we tired of life ? Are we confused and lost ? Are we not able to find meaning and purpose in our own lives ? Why is there so much turbulence in our minds when it comes to tackling life in general ? Such questions and the tour of discovery drive this story and the movie.
Overall, I did like the movie, though it lacked depth of communication. The best part of the movie was the section on Italy (the “Eat” part). The India and Bali sections drag the movie quite a bit instead of reaching a momentum in self-discovery, which should have been the case. But honestly the “Eat” part played out better, reflecting the fact that strong family interactions and the love and affection between family members shown in the Italian setting, is a far better solution to mankind’s problems than going after prayers and love. I am speaking from the context of the movie and not from my opinionated brain here. With reference to the movie, Julia enjoyed the Italian experience more than the other experiences, and so it goes back to her earlier life which she had abandoned in some haste, walking out of her own family life.
Travelling around the world is fine, but search for meaning in life is best found closer to home, not in faraway exotic destinations. Prayer was a failure for Julia, and she found true happiness in Bali – engaging with the old man and the woman she helped to build a house for…….and then ultimately landing the Brazilian guy’s love…….looks artificial though.
I am going to rate this movie a 7 upon 10. Good in parts, but lacks in depth, and the ending was not what I had anticipated – I thought Julia will return to her roots in New York, resolving her confused life by using the learning from the East.
But, that’s how movies are made. You see it because of Julia Roberts rather than because you have read the novel by Elizabeth Gilbert.
22nd October 2011