Stop, Look, Listen
Eat, Pray, Love
Review by Ross Anthony

It's been a long time since a film's been so aptly named. Not only has the picture been summed up in just three words, but they're prioritized in order of emphasis. While Julia does "flirt" with prayer and love, she most spectacularly indulges in the culinary. It's a pleasure to watch her enjoy Italian dishes. "Travel" is also a word that would have fit well among the other three. Filmmakers do a grand job of capturing the crisp mind-opening aspects of diving headlong into three unique and vibrant cultures.

The picture is not perfect. Sadly, I wasn't all that excited about the wind up which felt more soap than spirit. Nor did I buy the chemistry between Roberts and Bardem. That said, and despite its sometimes preachy swagger, I greatly appreciate any film/book that breaks through the superficial, on such a popular level, and talks about, perhaps the most honorable (certainly the most personal) of human quests - the intimate search for meaning and fulfillment. EPL depicts this via one person's beautifully painful endeavor in an imperfect, yet straight forward and sincere manner.

Quite watchable for the most part, but with a waning ending that (at least on the cinematic level) slips a bit into the superficial. Gradewise, locked between B and B+ -- I'll round up.

(Shameless Plug: If you enjoy "search for meaning" integrated in true-life world travel adventure, check out my book "Circle Earth.")

-- Books by Author/Illustrator Ross Anthony --

  • Eat, Pray, Love. Copyright © 2010.
  • Starring Julia Roberts, James Franco, Javier Bardem,Richard Jenkins, Billy Crudup, Viola Davis. Written and Directed By Ryan Murphy. Sony Pictures.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)

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