Some of you may have read my book review on Elizabeth Gilbert’s famous novel Eat, Pray, Love. Of course I also had to check out the movie adaptation starring none other than the wonderful Julia Roberts. So let’s talk about it!
Liz is in a very bad place. Going through a terrible divorce which is followed by a tough break up she’s battling depression. That’s when Liz decides to make a change. She packs her bags and embarks on a journey. Over the course of a year she spends time in Italy, India and Bali, learning about the countries, the people but most importantly about herself.
Book vs. Movie:
I’ll begin with few thoughts on the novel which I really enjoyed. If you want to read the full review, click here.
Although I had initially expected this book to be a shallow story that was hyped too much. Well, after reading the first few chapters, my opinion changed completely. Liz Gilbert shared some very interesting and personal thoughts. I highlighted numerous passages throughout the book that offered lots of food for thought and invited further research. Eat, Pray, Love is a rather inspiring novel that will touch you.
So, once I had finished the book, I went to check out the film. Julia Roberts is an enchanting actress but she couldn’t save this film. To be honest, the movie is what I had feared the novel would be. The movie has no depth whatsoever and apart from stunning scenery and a good performance by Roberts, there is absolutely nothing to offer. Whereas the novel had quite a lot of emotional weight and inspiring thoughts, all that was cut. In an attempt to turn it into a light-weight comedy, everything was lost that had made the book special.
If you want easy fun, a cute film that won’t linger with you much after watching, stick with the adaptation. But if you want to learn a few things, maybe even about yourself, grab Liz Gilbert’s book. You won’t regret it!
Did you read the book? Watch the movie? Let me know in the comments what you think!