On Friday, I went out to dinner and a movie with a group of ladies from my church. We went to see the movie Eat Pray Love. I had hoped to read the book before seeing the movie but didn't get a chance to - I'm hoping to get it from the library this week, though. As it is, I was torn on how I feel about the movie.
There's no denying that this was a beautifully made movie. The picturesque scenes of Rome, India and Bali just make you want to buy a plane ticket immediately jump on a plane and visit. I almost felt, though, like I was in that crazy Kia hamster commercial - "you can get with this, or you can get with that" in regard to Liz's life: you can travel and be your own person or you can stay with your husband and be complacent/boring. It was completely unrealistic because in life every day I see people who are living their dreams and having families, people who have their dream career and who are married. You don't have to have a "this or that" mentality to be yourself or to do what you want.
There was also very little story line behind Liz being a writer and being unhappily married. One minute they were at a party, the next she's crying and praying to God that she's in big trouble. I don't have any idea why she wanted to get divorced, other than maybe her husband wasn't completely sure what he wanted to do with his life. I also have no idea why she wanted to be a writer or what she wanted to write about because there was no real explanation about that either. Was she justified in leaving her husband? Was she a good writer? I don't know because I can't say I any of those questions were answered in the movie.
Julia Roberts played the character Liz as well as she could but she just came off as someone who only cared about herself. Regarding her divorce she said she just wanted to "slip out the back and not hurt anyone" but I think anyone who's been through any kind of break-up or divorce knows that can't happen. It's understandable to feel that way but it's unrealistic to think you can just magically be free of that person. And it wasn't that she didn't want to hurt anyone, it was that she just didn't want to deal with it and wanted it to be over - someone else had to tell her that it wasn't that her husband was being mean in not letting her go, it was that his heart was broken.
Overall, I thought this was a beautifully made movie and that it might have touched on some interesting or intriguing things but that it sent a bad message to women. I would like to read the book to see the differences and if I like it better.