Do you ever feel your life belongs to someone else, that you live and breathe by the structure put in place by others? In Eat Pray Love, based on the allegedly popular book, Julia Roberts plays Liz Gilbert, who defies convention and travels the globe to... eat, pray and love. Unfortunately, there's not much more to the movie than that.
Though Julia Roberts isn't as a relevant as she once was, she continues to churn out some quality projects. Her best work over the last decade has been playing edgier, out-of-character characters in movies like Closer and Charlie Wilson's War. Her attempts to regain the title of romantic comedy queen have fallen short, however.
While we can all agree Roberts has a one-note approach to her characters - she laughs, smiles and embraces the Julia Roberts persona through and through, there's also no denying she still has presence and the potential to be a leading lady. I'm just waiting for her to show that.
At least Eat Pray Love is better than Valentine's Day.
There's nothing disastrous about Eat Pray Love. It's easy to watch and at times entertaining. The presence of Javier Bardem ratchets things up a notch. Beautiful locations and tasty-looking food don't hurt, either.
But there are just so few reasons to recommend Eat Pray Love. Is it outrageously funny? Is it incredibly romantic? Is it unique and engrossing? Is there a single scene in the movie that stands out as memorable?
No, no, no and no.
If Eat Pray Love is the excellent book I've heard it is, the movie is a shallow clone. It looks pretty and is easy to pass the time with, but as soon as you ask for more, you realize it can't deliver. Ladies, don't waste your time. Men, don't waste your time. Seriously.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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