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Title: Eat Pray Love
Screenwriter: Ryan Murphy and Jennifer Salt
Director: Ryan Murphy
Distribution Studio: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: August 13, 2010
Running Time: 140 minutes
Synopsis: A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to “find herself”.
Peep the Background
Can we talk about how beautiful this movie is? This is the kind of movie that you could put on mute and still enjoy because every backdrop is a sight to behold. When I was a kid, National Geographic and National Geographic Kids were some of my favorite magazines to read. Unlike Liz, I didn’t keep copies under my bed, but I did hang the map on my wall and pin places I wanted to visit. Watching this movie really delighted that inner child in me. Italy has always been on the top of my Travel Bucket List, and India has been added over the years. I never even thought about visiting Bali, but this movie has definitely changed that for me.
That’s Not What They Said
One of the aspects of the movie that gave me pause was hearing words that I remember reading coming from unexpected mouths. I love Viola Davis in everything and anything, and I love seeing her in the role as Alt-Annalise, but when she showed up as Delia, the BFF who was everything Liz wasn’t, I was like WHO THE EFF IS SHE? I don’t remember a Delia in the book. Then, I figured she was mentioned in passing, so I went along with it because as previously mentioned, I love Viola Davis. But then Delia’s husband said something to Liz that was said by a random stranger and Ketut said something to Liz that was said by Wayan in the book. Or Richard from Texas in the movie taking actions from other individuals at the Ashram who were included in the book. All that to say the screenwriters had a fun time mixing words being said and the people saying the words. It didn’t take away from the movie though. I probably noticed this because of the short time period between finishing the book and watching the movie.
Less Annoying is Still Annoying
Liz is annoying. There is definitely no mistake about that, and you cannot argue against it after reading Eat Pray Love. Her complaints about her marriage and divorce were annoying, her complaints about the hard work needed to reach God in the Ashram were annoying, and her complaints about Wayan’s home buying process were annoying (Lucky for us, we don’t have to suffer through a movie version of this!) However, I have to admit the movie version of Liz is way less annoying than the actual Liz. I don’t know if that should be attributed to the acting ability of America’s OG Sweetheart, Julia Roberts, or if the screenwriters purposely left out the most annoying Liz-isms to decrease the number of inevitable side-eyes coming Ms. Gilbert’s way. Either way, Liz is annoying, but the movie made her annoyance tolerable.
The movie was beautiful but average because of the story line. Since the movie is based on an average book, it is very unlikely that is could have been anything but average.
The Final Grade
Theater Popcorn with Extra Butter: I did not enjoy the book, so I didn’t expect to enjoy the movie. However, the movie did a pretty good job of translating Liz’s traveling expeditions. All the essential parts of the book were visual in the movie, and the secondary plot lines from the book that weren’t included in the movie did not take away from the overall story.
So…do you think the movie translated the book well? Do you find movie Liz less annoying than book Liz? Are any of the countries Liz visited on your travel bucket list? Let us know in the comments! |RL
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I’m Katisha, the wizard behind Reel Literature. As a longtime book nerd, I hate to see an amazing book spoiled by a lackluster movie. Join me as I read the books that have definitely been watered down and most likely ruined by Hollywood. With a lot of humor and a little snark, I share my thoughts on all things books and the movies they inspire. Find me in these internet streets on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram.