Title: Eat, Pray, Love
Directed by: Ryan Murphy
Starring: Julia Roberts, James Franco, Viola Davis, Billy Crudup, Javier Bardem
Genres: Romance, Drama, Adaptation
Running Time: 2 hours. 13 minutes
Release Date: August 13th, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Review: After having read, and enjoyed, the book, I went and watched this film by myself (I know, shocking since it is a romantic film). I didn't enjoy the film half as much as the book, and literary sat there thinking "this is a terrible adaptation" throughout the film. However, as it ended, I was surprised to actually leave the theater with somewhat of a positive impression. Although most of what connected me to the story as a reader is missing, some parts of the "follow your heart, go your own way, make yourself happy" takeaway was still there, however hard you have to look for it through the Hollywood-ized popcorn film this story has been turned into. The idea of this journey of self-discovery is still accessible, and the scenery is lovely. Further more, some of the supporting performances are quite nice, and Julia is always Julia.
If you enjoy dime-a-dozen Julia romance flicks you should catch this one. If you would like a great story, stick to the book.