A couple of weeks ago I was very lucky to be invited to a preview of film that everyone is talking about at the moment – Eat, Pray, Love. Originally written as a book, it’s the true life story of Elizabeth Gilbert’s search for happiness as she travels through first Italy, then India and finally Bali.
At 30 she had everything she thought should make her happy – the job, the house and the husband. But she wasn’t happy. So after a bitter divorce she goes on a journey of self discovery.
Since the book was published in 2006 it had gained worldwide recognition for the honesty and vulnerability that Elizabeth shows while coming to terms with putting on two stone in Italy (from all the eating) finding difficulty in praying in India and her reluctance to fall in love again in Bali.
Women have followed Elizabeth’s footsteps to Italy, India and Bali hoping they’ll find the same enlightenment as she did. In fact holiday companies even offer her trip as an Eat, Pray, Love holiday package.
But how does the film fare? Julia Roberts plays Elizabeth in the film – and does it well. She portrays a woman who like many of us, sometimes doesn’t see the sense in life, so in order to find self discovery she has to challenge herself.
The film also has amazing cinematography, capturing the beautiful sights of Rome, India and Bali. And Julia Robert’s love interest Javier Bardem (Penelope Cruz’s husband) is pretty good in it too, along with an array of well known (James Franco, Billy Crudup) and not so well known cast members that really make the film feel authentic and believable.
So if you’re going to the cinema this weekend I really would recommend it – especially for those who are newly single or just looking for a little direction in life.