August 23, 2010
Back in April I wrote about the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I LOVED that book. Well I don’t know if you’re like me, but usually when I hear they are going to make a movie out of a book, I get a bit nervous. Those can easily go either way – sometimes they’re good, other times a total letdown. So when I found out they were making a movie out of Eat, Pray, Love, I wasn’t sure what to think. I did not want to see that book ruined. Particularly because I liked it so much.
I also had reservations about the cast. Not about Julia Roberts so much (although I can sometimes take or leave her), but more Javier Bardem. And not because I don’t like Javier Bardem. Although, I won’t lie. He reeeally creeped me out in No Country For Old Men. I haven’t quite looked at him the same since then. So I did have a hard time picturing him in the leading man-love interest role. But more than that, I was bothered because in the book, Elizabeth falls in love with a much older gentleman, that is more the December to her May. Julia and Javier are in the same age range. So I’m already not liking that they are changing the story. I’m sure they could have found an older actor to play her Brazilian love.
Anyhow, I put all that aside and saw Eat, Pray, Love today, and to my surprise, really enjoyed it! And not even because the acting or cinematography was so great. But rather because it reminded me of what I loved about the book in the first place – which is, no matter what you are doing in life, whether it’s something as deep as praying or mundane as eating, you should do it with passion! A full life, is a life lived full of passion. Passion doesn’t involve just professional pursuits, hobbies, or even love. Even something as simple as the ritual of eating – preparing and enjoying food, can be done with passion. I often forget that.