I’m not exactly known as a ‘chick flick’ kind of guy, but at the same time if a film is made well, then I’m always keen to check it out. With Eat Pray Love firmly sitting in the world of ‘chick flicks’, and with no girl to take along as an excuse to see it, I technically could have let this film go by and leave it for a future DVD viewing. But like I’ve stated many times before, I’m a big fan of history and biography movies, and pretty much anything that’s based on truth, and this film is based off the travel book of the same name.
So, I thought that was a simple enough reason for buying a ticket and sitting down to watch the film by myself. I’m confident enough in my masculinity to do such a thing, while trying to avoid people seeing me walk in, of course!
With an overly annoying beginning with the main character, played by Julia Roberts, being very flippant, flighty and unstable, you quickly, well at least in my case, grew not to like her, but then I realised that this is of course what the whole movie was about – a woman trying to find her way in life and out of the crazy place she has found herself in, both physically and emotionally.
As the film progresses you see her grow and change while at the same time holding onto some of those old habits, which of course are hard to get rid of. So I found the story a fun one to follow, but as with many book translations, I found some scenes were surplus to requirement and it was overly packed out and could have done with maybe 20 minutes being cut out.
140 minutes is a long time for a movie, and they really pushed the boundaries of length for this type of movie. However, with some good writing, directing and acting I found it an enjoyable film, and even though I haven’t read the book, I hope it lived up to it for viewers who have read it.
8 out of 10 from me!!!