Movie Review – Eat, Pray, Love

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Julia Roberts was amazing in this movie.  It was such a quiet movie, more thinking than happening, and she portrayed the emotions of Elizabeth Gilbert, so well.  I have to add a caveat to this review – I have not read the book.  I fear that if you have, the movie will disappoint you.  As is often the case, books can describe a characters emotions much more strongly than an actor can show.  This particular story is all about a journey of self-discovery and that would seem to lend itself to a book much better than a movie.

Oops, I’m getting ahead of myself….  The story is that of Liz Gilbert who “drops out” of her New York life after a difficult divorce.  She spends a year traveling to Italy, India, and Bali.  I enjoyed the scenery of Italy and Bali – what beautiful places.  I have been to Italy and I hope to get to Bali someday, they were both stunning.  Liz also travels to India, where she discovers the power of prayer, especially the power of praying for someone else.   So if you haven’t figured it out, Italy is the “Eat” part; India, “Pray” and Bali, “Love”.

Liz’s love interest in Bali, is played by Javier Bardem.  This is the first time I remember seeing him in a film and he is soooooo good in this movie.  I fell in love!  Richard Jenkins also stars and has an amazing scene when he tells Liz his “story”, bring a tissue!

I love travel and have had a few journeys of self-discovery, so this movie was right up my alley, so to speak.  I enjoyed it very much.  But, just like The Expendables, which I am also reviewing, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea.  Also, there is nothing special about a big-screen-version.  Unless you love this type of movie, you may want to wait until it comes out on DVD and hit the Red Box.

Grade:  B


  1. 1

    Javier Bardem is an amazing actor. You should watch No Country for Old Men :)

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    Hi Jillian! I didn’t know he was in that. I have it (from Netflix) but I haven’t had a chance to watch it. Thanks for telling me, that gives me more incentive to stay up after Rosie goes to bed and watch it.

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    I have not read and watched the movie. I was toying with the idea of either buying the book or just watch the movie.I guess I just have to watch it right.

    I have seen Elizabeth Gilbert promoting the book on Oprah last year.


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