Rating: 4 / 5 stars
By Sally Burgess, Technical Manager
Based on the hugely popular best selling book, Eat Pray Love is the story of Liz Gilbert (Roberts), who despite having it all…a successful career, a loving husband, and a nice house, felt like something was missing from her life.
She leaves her husband, shacks up with a kooky young actor and again tries to be happy. But she still isn’t. Liz decides she needs to re-discover her passion for living and goes to Italy to feed her soul with pizza, to India to feed her soul with prayer and meditation, and finally to Bali, by which time she hopefully will have discovered her joy of just being.
This is a beautifully shot movie which gave me wanderlust (and got me hungry after seeing all that glorious Italian cuisine)…and the performances are brilliant. Julia Roberts carries the film easily, but for me the best performance by far was from Richard Jenkins…you will recognise him from such films as Burn After Reading and The Visitors.
He plays a man also named Richard, who Liz meets at the ashram in India where they are both staying. The scene in which he opens up to Liz and reveals his own reasons for needing to forgive himself even got me a bit misty eyed. Which, as my colleagues will tell you, doesn’t happen very often.
Javier Bardem is Felipe, the man with whom Liz finally finds contentment in Bali. It’s hard to believe when watching this, that this is the same actor who played that creepy hitman in No Country For Old Men.
The only gripe for me was the character of Liz herself. I found it very hard to feel sympathy for her, as she was constantly feeling sorry for herself and never seemed satisfied with what she had. But Roberts somehow still makes her likeable.
A very good movie.
Right, I’m off for pizza now….
Standout performance: Richard Jenkins