Ivy invited me to watch Eat Pray Love last week so I enthusiastically agreed and dragged Gay along.
Liz Gilbert (Roberts) had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having – a husband, a house, a successful career – yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused, and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Bali.
The movie was nice and funny but it was a bit lacking in romantic chemistry and, oh, I don’t know, reason? I felt as though Liz’s reasons for suddenly packing up to find herself were not well established. Or maybe that’s just how I felt, since I had read the book. Or maybe not, since my companions were kinda confused and I had to explain the ending for them. They changed the movie ending from the book one, by the way, to make it seem neater in a “full circle” kind of way.
Anyhow, the movie does succeed in one thing – in making you want to eat, eat, eat! Reading about food was bad enough, but actually seeing Liz devour all that pizza and pasta… well it made us crave them. So right after the movie we headed to Cathay‘s basement and ate just that in Cafe Indulge, plus black pepper chicken and a brownie-ice cream concoction. The food satiated our appetites at a pretty affordable rate too. 🙂