Directed by RYAN MURPHY
Going on a spiritual journey of self-discovery is not something one should ever judge. It's a personal choice and no one's concern. When Hollywood tries to make it a trend, many tend to criticize it for taking such a serious matter and turning it into a pseudo lifestyle. However, if we want do finger point here, maybe we should turn to the ones who buy it.
After numerous moving interviews and words of encouragement, the best-seller Eat Pray Love reaches the big screen bringing to the theatre thousands who search for answers to fake questions, two hours of cheap entertainment, or maybe, like me, just thought a movie starring Javier Bardem, Julia Robert, James Franco and Richard Jenkins as cast members is unmissable. Yet in this case, maybe it's not. Let me be clear: the life and work of Elizabeth Gilbert are not the subject here - I never met Gilbert, and I never read the book, so I can't form an opinion on that. But, concerning the film's message - and not even mentioning the everything-looks-like-a-perfume-commercial aspect, let's just be honest - if you're trying to discover your true self, you won't do it through rituals that you can't understand. And this is, for me, the bottom line. You can find India oh so gorgeous, but you can't think that you understand a culture that easily - and eating pasta won't most certainly solve all your problems. But despite the shallowness of it all - again, in the film - thousands of spineless minds devour all of this without questioning. So what's truly disturbing here, is how far off the tracks this section of the audience is, that they actually can't tell the difference between just another romantic comedy, and actual religious beliefs. Fortunately or not, like many theories absorbed - at times unconsciously - almost daily, this is nothing but fleeting trend.