Boring narcissistic journey

A still from the movie "Eat, Pray, Love"  

Movie: Eat, Pray, Love

Cast: Julia Roberts, Richard Jenkins

The film revolves around a ‘Pretty Woman' (Julia Roberts) who suddenly realises how unhappy she is with her marriage and the monotonous routines of her daily life and decides to go on a self-realisation trip to Italy, India and Bali.

Bland script

As if it were not enough that an instantly unlikable, selfish, self-centred protagonist whines about things which most women (or even men for that matter) would gladly trade places for, an unbelievably shallow script and heaps of less than imaginative ideas mean that boredom strikes right from frame one. Plus perhaps the only way to make us hate a movie which is a monumental tribute to feminist narcissm, even more, is by stretching it's runtime beyond humanely tolerable levels, and that is precisely the case here.

In fact all the men in the protagonist's life are so kind, loving and considerate so much so that at one point you just feel like yelling out “Hey what's all the fuss about?!!”

Julia Roberts had in fact once commented that one of the main reasons she signed up for this film is because it dwells deep into a woman's psyche. Aw, really? If all women today are like the character she portrays in this film then the future for men doesn't look too bright. They'd do well to avoid extinction and survive until 2020.

The lone light of redemption comes in the form of some truly spectacular locales (especially the ones in Bali) captured serenely on the lens. The tagline of the movie reads ‘let yourself go'.

Well am not really sure what the protagonist gained from all her experiences in the film but I for sure found a lot of use for that tagline. After several attempts at stifling yawns, I finally let myself go and drifted off. Well I was not one of the brave ones.

Bottomline: Does not do justice to the book.

K. ANANTH, Pursuing Chartered Accountancy

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