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Eat Pray Love

Eat Pray Love- This is heartwarming somewhat New-Age 2010 drama staring Julia Roberts and based on the true story written by Elizabeth Gilbert. It's a story about a woman who went through a bad divorce, suffered major depression, and went to find herself in a year-long journey through Italy for pleasure, India for spiritual awareness, and Indonesia to find balance.

I have to recommend the book primarily. It is a fantastic piece of nonfiction with tons of character and is exciting, enlightening, and enjoyable. The movie, however, was very different. It felt a lot more stand-offish especially in Julia Robert's portrayal of Liz and lost a lot of the sarcastic good humor of the book. Both are love stories, though that was more centralized in the movie. The movie also felt more "destined to happen" as many events and characters were combined in the movie in a way that made all the occurrences seem more like fate. This wasn't a bad thing, but it seemed less like real life and more like a romance story.

It was a good movie. I found myself feeling calm and enjoying it, but not as thoroughly as I enjoyed the book. The transitions between places were not very distinct in the movie, which made it feel jumpy and also very drawn out in parts. It felt like you'd need to have read the book to keep up with what was going on, but at the same time, having read the book you would find yourself dealing with the aforementioned frustrations.

It was a beautiful movie visually, but I wouldn't necessarily jump to see it again. Do yourself a favor and read the book, and then if you love it you can come back and watch the movie as a reminder of some of the key points.


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