Thursday, August 26, 2010 review

You know, the trailers really had me wanting to see this movie. Add a giddy friend or two and it gets down right exciting.

It was all don't see it yet. Lets do something fun. Cine & Dine. This is where you go watch the movie and eat the foods that she (Julia Roberts) eats during the movie. So I went with a bunch of co-workers. OMG..I will tell youknow ...a bunch of old librians can certainly confuse people with too many questions. Just getting there to the special movie theater was an undertaking, and we still had time to kill.

You sit in practically air-line seats that need to be pushed up like a salon chair so you'll know whats going on behind the bar where you eat. And there is a button to push if you need something from the waiter. Like change for your bill. Needless to say, if I hadn't been bored in this long movie I would have been pretty peeved with the waiters.

Saying that..I will admit this movie isn't all its cracked up to be. Sure, I love travel movies because I rarely ever go anywhere. But I felt Liz the travel writer was pretty much a self-absorbed person who ate a lot of pasta and pizza. And really what did she find out about herself on this 'self-discovery' trip? Yes, she was in search of God. Or possibly, it was the idea that she just didn't feel enough in her world. We all have to tackle this. And in most cases the real key is helping other people will give us our greatest splendor.

Here she was seeing poverty, over crowded conditions, smog. Its the reality of where you live. Seeing how people cope, in everyday life. It just seemed she might could have found better ways of reaching out to others, than scrubbing a floor at this place in India.

Don't get me wrong, there are some lovely places she went. And yes, we are exposed to the realities of the natives, but it was just a passerby influence. And it was hard to think if she'd changed at all.

As for acting, I can think of some better actoress. As for character developement, James Franco's character was just a little annoying (and I love James Franco but not with Julia). Of course, Javier Bardem saved the ending as free-spirit Gilbert. To bad, he couldn't have been in the movie sooner. There is just something like a Greek God about him with a Spanish accent.

This is a movie to go to with your Mom, or a friend. It might inspire you to want to travel. Just maybe. But really, I liked the idea of the story in my head so much better about a woman who keeps falling for the same guy even in different countries. And finding the world if so much more alike than different in certain ways. I'm not sure it showed us the beauty of what we can find in people by helping people.


knk said...

i like this movie review have to watch it soon

thanks for onformation

Cafe Fashionista said...

What a fabulous review! I'm thinking of perhaps readign the book before seeing the movie. :)

Em [the writer] said...

Thank you for the review. I was very iffy on seeing that but that pretty much sealed the deal.

ellie said...

Interesting review. I hear a lot were put off by this one.

ivy's closet said...

Thanks guys, I'm really glad you liked the review.