Eat, Pray, Love: My review of the movie!

Yes….it’s getting mixed reviews. Here’s Maria’s opinion!

Eat, Pray, Love

I recently attended the preview of the movie Eat, Pray, Love with a dear friend. It was the perfect energy!

Sometimes life throws us a curve and gives us all a wake-up call, challenging us to either act, react, or do nothing. Those moments remind us that we’ve got to “get busy living or get busy dying.”

The main character, Liz Gilbert (played by Julia Roberts), realizes that her priorities changed after getting married, leading to her decision to end her marriage. Anybody looking at her life would wonder, what’s her problem? She’s got a great job, a supportive and loving husband, a home, a great family, and friends. In my opinion, she was very brave and courageous to take care of her needs.

She decides to take a year off, spending four months each in Italy, India, and Bali. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but I recommend the movie. The scenery is beautiful. Italy is very familiar to me, a place I call home, and I do have Bali on my list of places to visit!

When Liz travelled to Italy, I smiled through her journey as she broke bread with new friends, eating, drinking, and living the “dolce vita.” Ahh…gaining lots of muffin tops indeed, and sharing her pain when those size 8 pants turned into a plus size (me, not Julia Roberts).

On a personal note, the movie strikes a chord for me. In my personal life, when my husband was diagnosed with cancer in August 2000, it changed my life forever. Working through grief, taking risks, re-discovering myself, and practicing mindfulness through a very difficult time now has a silver lining. I wake up each morning blessed, ready with a new appetite for food, spirituality, and passion, a new twist to my Cinderella story. My film in the making…

Stay tuned…

Maria!

3 comments to Eat, Pray, Love: My review of the movie!

  • LindyLouMac

    I have yet to even read the book!!! Will save the film until I have done so as always prefer to read the book first.

  • Larry Castellani

    Thanks Marie. My family is from the area around Perugia. I’ve never visited. Possibly this movie will move me to do so. I’ve longed in certain ways to get back to those roots. Paul has been an inspiration regarding the primacy of tradition and now you inspire me to get back to the cultural aspects. I’m embarrassed to say I don’t even speak Italian. Yet I think Italy calls.

  • Eleonora

    I almost worked on the Italy bit as additional dialogue coach (English/Italian). I read the book and it really didn’t do it for me. It was well written and the food obsession is witty. But the India part was a little boring.

    Are Julia ROberts and Javier Bardem believable? I dunno, haven’t seent he film, so I can’t say.

    Baci cara

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