Saturday, December 18, 2010

Eat Pray Love - DVD Review


Starring Julia Roberts, James Franco, Richard Jenkins, Javier Bardem, Viola Davis and Billy Crudup.
Directed by Ryan Murphy.

In the first scene, Julia Roberts is getting her palm read by a guru in Bali. He lets her know she will have two marriages, one long and one short. She asks which one her current marriage is. If the question must be asked, then the answer is already known.

On one hand, it's nice to watch a movie with exotic locations and a solid supporting cast. On the other hand, must the trek be so sententious, with a lead so unrelatable? It's a self-discovery travelogue for millionaires who can't be troubled with depressing things like "families." I can't imagine the best-selling book on which this was based was so chokingly smug.

Yes, if I was a millionaire with no wife and kids, taking some sort of journey like this might be appealing. Would I feel differently if this was centered on a guy, say Leonardo DiCaprio dumping perfectly fine wife Ginnifer Goodwin and then sleeping with struggling actress Rosemary DeWitt, eating a lot in Italy, gaining wisdom from prayer-circle attendee Melissa Leo, then finding what might be real love with Paz Vega?

Um, no, I don't think so. May they never adapt The Secret for the big-screen.

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