Silhouette Desire and Harlequin Historical author Charlene Sands goes to see the Julia Roberts movie Eat Love Pray
How bad could it be? The cinematography alone had to be worth the price of my matinee admission. And yes it certainly was. There were times in the film when I wish I could have closed my eyes and just been there. The locales were shot with beauty and grace; sunsets and early dawns, hilltop views of Italy, stunning costumes of India and glistening waters in Bali. Big skies, cluttered streets, scrumptious food.
I enjoy studying human nature. I love complex characters and for that reason, I’m really glad I went to see this movie. Though ladies, this movie begs to leave your man at home. It’s slow and melodramatic at times.
Eat in Italy
Love in Bali
Her breakthrough with Richard in India I found most refreshing. I actually cried. The author clearly didn’t go with the cliché plot points and for me that made the entire PRAY segment of the movie worthwhile. (No spoilers here)
And in Bali, Liz finally comes full circle, though like any true romance, she takes the long, dark-moment road to get there. Javiar Bardem’s character is unique to romance. He shows a vulnerability that we don’t often see in our Alpha males. I found him genuine and again, I cried …well, a little and really felt the LOVE.
So, if you like great scenery, Julia Roberts or a really good study of characters and different cultures, then I would recommend it. I’m glad I saw it, though I will say that it’s not for everyone, as the movie gets a bit too self-indulgent at times. Yet for me and from a writer’s perspective, I always learn something valuable in any story. My only regret - I wish I’d read the book first!
Have you seen the movie? I’m curious if you enjoyed it or not?
Charlene Sands is a USA Today best-selling author. She writes Silhouette Desires and Harlequin Historical romances. Her August Desire THE BILLIONAIRE’S BABY ARRANGEMENT is a Romantic Times Magazine’s Top Pick. You can see all the books in her Napa Valley Vows series and enter her ongoing contests at: www.charlenesands.com