We went and saw Eat, Pray, Love last night. The theater was packed. That is just something you don’t see very often in the small town that I live in. I thought that it would enhance the movie but it didn’t , the crowd was mostly quiet. I guess one of the last few movies I saw that had a big crowd was “This is it” (Michael Jackson) , It was moving because so many people sat in silence and cried at the end…long after the movie was over. It was almost like no one wanted to get up and leave.
Anyway, back to the movie. I had not read the book. So many times movies are not as good as the book. I had guessed that this would probably be the case in this movie as well, but it didn’t much matter because I have not read a book in a very long time.
I saw Julia Roberts on Oprah talking about this movie some time ago and knew that I wanted to see it. A movie with Julia Roberts in it could not go wrong she’s an amazing actress!
The movie was great! The views were incredible and made me want to visit Italy and Bali. I kept thinking of my mom during the “Eat” part of the movie. She just got back from Italy and I wondered if she would watch the movie and see places that she had seen.
My mind wandered a lot in the movie. I kept thinking what an incredible opportunity it would be to travel for a year and “find” yourself. I found myself relating to the characters of the movie in many ways.
I too had a hope chest from very early on that held baby things for children that did not exist. I didn’t know what my future would look like but I never imagined children not being in it. Life is funny that way. I too would wake up in relationships and realize that I had turned into them and lost myself some where along the way. How does that happen ?
I think visually “Eat” was my favorite part of the movie. I could live in the “Love” part very easily! I want the house that she lives in in Bali! I liked the “family” feeling in both Italy and Bali. Happiness to me is often the feeling of being surrounded by my friends and family. The conversation that Julia had with the new bride in the “Pray” part of the movie stands out the most to me. I really felt that the bride would be happy because of the “light and love” Julia sent out into the universe for her.
It is a movie I will watch again. I love movies that make me think. Movies that move me to do something and be more “present” in my life. The line at the end about opening your mind and letting everyone you come in contact with to be your teacher really struck a chord with me. There is so much we can learn from others…if we will just listen and not only with our ears but with our hearts.