Lovers of the Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir, of world travel or of America’s sweetheart Julia Roberts will no doubt be flocking to the film version of Eat Pray Love which opens this Friday. And if you are married and have had your travel wings clipped with the addition of offspring, this romantic travel flick will totally appeal to those wishing to escape, at least virtually and for a short two hour tour. So what can you expect from Eat Pray Love?
It’s all about Julia Roberts
In the film Julia Roberts takes on the role of depicting Elizabeth Gilbert, the beloved author of the memoir Eat Pray Love. The book is all about Elizabeth, but this movie seems to be all about Julia. There are oodles of close ups of the superstar (who looks amazing in the film) but it’s hard not “oh this is story about Julia Roberts” not of Elizabeth Gilbert. One of the curses of being a star as big as she is.
Departures from the Original
For those of you who read the book one or more times, you may be struck by some of the differences in the film version. But really, any adaptation will take liberties with the original work.
Gorgeous scenery and locations
Italy, India, Bali – all amazing, stunning places. The film works well as a travelogue. It will surely activate the wanderlust in anyone who sees it.
Great male supporting cast
Julia Roberts might be the star but the actors who play the men in her life really do shine. Her on screen loves include Billy Crudup as her husband, James Franco as her boyfriend and Javier Bardem as her true love.
An amazing performance by Richard Jenkins. A shoe-in for an Oscar nomination for his heartfelt and amusing portrayal of Richard from Texas who Julia Robert’s character meets at an ashram in India.
Check back on Friday for our full review!
Photo: Sony Pictures