I asked my guy if he’d see Eat, Pray, Love with me. He much preferred to see Eat, Pray, Leave. I get it.
I asked my guy if he’d see Eat, Pray, Love with me. He much preferred to see Eat, Pray, Leave. I get it. This is way chick flicky. At least Sex in the City wasn’t trying to be deep. I really, really didn’t need him to see this with me. He was willing, which was sweet. But I wanted to be fair. I told him that he didn’t need to see this with me, but if he did, I’d pay him $30. An hour into the movie, I upped it to $50.
Please understand that this topic is up my alley. I got divorced, I freaked out, I learned meditation, and I went to India. But, in spite of all that, I still enjoy good movies. And books. That’s what’s so frustrating here. The story topic is compelling, but the end result: less so.
Here’s a woman, Liz Gilbert, who ostensibly had everything one could want, but was unhappy. She wasn’t “good”; her husband wasn’t “bad”. It just wasn’t working for her. It’s complex, modern, and relatable. It’s a little whiny, yes, but also valid. She looked around at her life and felt nothing. No passion, no connection. She just couldn’t fake it any more, and had to change. What a spectacular place to start.
It should be a good movie. You’ve got your big stars, beautiful scenery, sweeping sunsetty shots. You’ve got your Javier Bardem, James Franco, and your well-lit Julia Roberts. But it just doesn’t work. The inner journey doesn’t translate. The story manages to feel simultaneously rushed, glossed over, and incredibly slow. The. Pace. Is. Ex. Cru. Ciat. Ingly. S. L. O. W.
The book is better. (Duh.) Not that it’s perfect. It’s obnoxious at times. In that sense, it’s a well-done adaptation. The movie is as annoying as the book. But at least the book offers some great information and insight. The movie talks in bumperstickers. It also gives the impression that Liz Gilbert is comically suggestible. Her boyfriend has a guru, so she decides to go stay with that guru. Someone tells her she shouldn’t go from guy to guy, so she stops. A guru tells her to stop running from relationships, so she gets back in one. It’s like an incredibly expensive, international Simon Says.
Is it a good date movie? Yes, if both parties are in the estimated 12% of people who could be totally into this. It doesn’t qualify for the “It’s so bad it’s good” category. It’s more on the “It’s just okay and waaaay long” tip.
It’s actually more likely to break up relationships. Either Scenario A: One person is way into it and the other is not. And the first person is like, “What’s wrong with you, I’m outtie.” Or Scenario B: One person loves it, gets all riled up about their dissatisfaction in the relationship, and how they “Don’t need a man, they need a champion.” They leave the movie theater, and take off to India (or Bali or Italy). (Also acceptable: Tibet, Sedona, mom’s house, Lilith Fair, Greece, Spring Break, or any nearby hotel).