Overall, eavesdropped exit reviews were positive, but seeing a movie late-night the day before it comes out means the crowd is in part hardcore superfans, part blogger dorks, ahem, and part bored folks with nothing better to do on a Thursday night, so it’s difficult to gauge. The film is currently at 36% on Rotten Tomatoes, but a few top critics like The New York Times‘ A.O. Scott seemed to enjoy it, with his favorable review almost as long as the film itself.
OK, we came, we saw, we experienced EPL in all its motion picture glory. Here’s the YD 2 cents, in 5 points you can take to the bank, or spend on 1/1000th of the candle set!
1. Julia is ravishing, simply luminous. She may have earned that $20 mil or whatever.
2. EAT before you go! Gratuitous shots of Italian food – warning: spaghetti porn! – and the film’s over 2-hour duration will have you wishing you did. (TIP: if you have to go to the bathroom during the movie, we recommend it’s somewhere around the 3rd or 4th time you see Julia gorging on Italy’s rich cuisine).
3. There can be a successful movie that focuses on and celebrates an intelligent female trotting the globe, finding her Self, discovering comfort in autonomy and learning to be ok with her thoughts, fears and desires. However, translating this to the big screen can end up feeling bland and shallow. Also, as in the book, in finding her ‘balance’ she ends up with a guy, so feminists can have at that one.
4. It’s hard to capture an inner journey, but darn it if that scenery isn’t beautiful.
5. For all the marketing hype and crazy merchandising, the movie is almost exactly what you’d expect if you read the book. Saying that, you may be utterly delighted, or vastly underwhelmed.
If you go see it, let us know what YOU think.