undaunted by some less than spectacular reviews for "eat pray love" i went to see it anyhow and was well rewarded for my effort on a cold and wet sydney day.
my most cynical incarnation could agree with the reviewers that it was a story of a woman who went on a self indulgent trip in an attempt to free herself from the guilt of having everything she could want in life but that interpretation would be ungenerous and quite possibly hypocritical. after all, as a member of a self indulgent and self obsessed society i am like most people in believing or hoping that i somehow deserve a fairy tale.
far from viewing the film as a story of a self indulgent extended holiday i loved the element of food porn, the soundtrack, the settings, the clothes.....and of course the romance.
immersing myself in the movie allowed me to imaginatively experience the simple pleasures of a rich life and i'm always happy with that!
i also remember thinking that there was a beautiful spirituality in the film. my companion, a traditionally styled Christian, was quick to point out that the spirituality depicted was not the truth as we understand it but i thought that the spiritual aspect of the film, which showed our journey through life being enhanced by balance, mindfulness, meditation, silence and shifting our focus away from self, was compatible with Christian practices of faith and useful to anyone who seeks a spiritual life in any form.
the plot was not fast moving and the more impatient of viewers might find it frustrating but i thought the pace was great, it allowed me to pay attention to visual and philosophical details and it reflected the often slow and subtle nature of personal growth.
the title "eat pray love" resonates with my greatest challenges and purest joys in life and i enjoyed seeing those challenges and joys played out a cinematic version of someone else's life.