Eat, Pray, Love opened to decent box office success! Did you see it? The film came in second at $23.7 million in weekend sales from 3,082 theaters, behind The Expendables which raked in $35 million on 3,270 screens (though we bet at the end of the day EPL merch beats that number 10-fold). Even though New York Magazine’s David Edelstein called it a “golden turd” Julia Roberts still managed to charm her fans enough to pull a fair turnout. But was the magic in the moviestar or the hype?
According to Vulture, a Fandango.com casual survey polled 53 percent of voters who said the original Liz Gilbert book was the biggest motivation to see the film. Some 25 percent chose its exotic locations (25 percent! on scenery alone?). And then only 22 percent said Julia Roberts was the primary motivation. This the same audience, we figure, as a Sony rep says actually went and saw the movie: “72 percent of the opening weekend audience was female, and 56 percent were over the age of 25,” based on exit interviews. Hm, sounds a lot like the coveted yoga moms! Which totally makes sense, considering Liz was a 30-something woman contemplating children, family, happiness etc. But how did that translate to the big screen?
NPR‘s Linda Holmes saw the movie and sits mainly in the ‘turd’ category, using words like”weak” and “inadequate” to describe the film adaptation, explaining that readers of the book are the only ones who will really get the bigger picture.
It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if a lot of people who loved the book also love the movie, because it’s pretty scenery and luscious scenes about food, and if you know where she’s coming from, it’s not so annoying.
But if all you have to go on is Movie Liz, she seems like kind of a selfish jerk, and that makes her voyage to better self-care very hard to care about.
You read our review right?
The bottom line? If you read the book and hated it, you’ll hate the movie even more. If you liked the book, you might like the movie, but chances are you’ll be underwhelmed and kicking yourself in the Netflix queue. If you haven’t read the book, you’re gonna love all those pretty images! And of course, if you just love Julia Roberts, James Franco or Javier Bardem it’ll be your favorite 2.5 hours all week.
Did you see the film? Are you female over 25?