You see, the book read like a diary. It was more of a journal than a book. I tried to read it, though just couldn’t get into it. I only read a third of it. Though I was not able to read the entire book, I knew I really wanted to see the movie. I felt there was a deep story to be told here – a story of courage as well as adventure. I was right.
Eat, Pray, Love: The Movie
Going into the movie, there were a lot of familiar scenes from the book (since I read a third of it). And, I’m going to be honest – those who did not read the book may not be able to follow the movie quite so well. There are some parts (small details) in the book that were omitted in the film. I felt some of these parts were left out and did play a role and added to the overall story.
Basically, the movie is based on the true story of Elizabeth Gilbert, a writer in New York, who sets out on a journey to find herself. At home, she feels that there are so many things she wants to do and so many places she still wants to see. And, she knows in her heart she is not the type to “settle down” and conform to what society wants her to be.
She wants to be her own person. But, in order to do this – she feels she must get away. She must get away and find herself by doing the things she’s always wanted to do. That includes traveling.
She sets on a journey to be away for a year traveling, to be with herself to three countries: Italy, India, and Bali. Though her friends think this is crazy and not the sensible thing to do, she knows this is what she must do. This is what she needs to do at that exact moment. And, she does.
At first, Elizabeth (played by Julia Roberts) finds herself a bit lost and out of sync when first visiting each country. Though, after a while she grows accustom to the lifestyle and way of living for each destination on her itinerary. In a way, each of these places (along with the experiences and lessons learned, the people she meets, the food, the culture, etc) all come together to make up a part of her. These experiences have made her a stronger person, a better person – a person who has found herself.
Eat Pray Lover is a movie that I feel many people can relate to. Sometimes we are taught to conform and to choose the more practical route in life. But, sometimes being practical does not necessarily bring happiness. Sometimes we are taught to hold back on our dreams, our hopes, and our aspirations in the name of practicality and what society considers the norm. Though, is the norm always right? Is the norm the right path to choose? Or, is there a better path out there?
Is it better to follow the path of practically and what society believes is right? Or, is it better to create your own path and follow what is truly in your heart? In the end, Elizabeth follows her heart. And, by following her heart – she finds love within herself. In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “Where there is love there is life.”
If you’re in the mood for a drama type movie filled with a sense of adventure, I definitely recommend this one.