Now, i have not yet read the book, and perhaps sometimes that can be a good thing ( depending on how you look at it ) i recall a few years ago walking out of the film Memoirs of a Geisha feeling a tad crushed ( i had read Arthur Golden's book, on which the film was based, so many times ) and whilst my friend with me loved the film ( and had not read the book ) i found myself sitting in a pub feeling disappointed that, despite some stunning visuals and good performances, so much of the book had been left out and i found myself wishing so much of it had been different ) so i tread cautiously when i say that despite being unfamilar with Liz Gilbert's memoir book, i sat down to watch this simply because i love Julia Roberts and i had read it was about " finding yourself ".
Having watched and loved the film, i will now be seeking out the book as i have been told, by a friend, that the book goes that extra deeper with it's message.
However, i still simply wish to review the film for what it is.
Bored, lost and unhappy with her married life, Liz ( Roberts ) decides to embark on a soul searching year of self-discovery that will take her to Italy and then an ashram in India and finally Bali.
Within her travels she discovers, awakens and makes peace with things within herself, aswell as helping others do the same thing. She enjoys eating with a carefree attitude in Italy, clearing her troubled mind with prayer in India and finally finding herself facing the possibilities of new love and inner peace whilst being in Bali.
I, personally, found the film utterly enchanting and both funny and profoundly moving in parts.
As with any film ( or book ) it truly is a case of each to his or her own, cynics or those who may sneer at such films are less likely to find food for thought here , but those looking to lose themselves for a good 2 hours+ in a film in which deals with how you may feel at that crossroads in life, regardless of age or spiritual belief, then i urge you to seek out this film and " let yourself go " within it's magic.