Eat, Pray, Love- A Christian Review

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“Eat Pray Love” restored my hope in modern day cinema. After the last movie I blogged about, I about gave up on movies. Really. Concluding they were all shallow rubbish, I’d resigned myself to animation flicks and oldies on Turner Classic Movies.

Artfully and creatively done, “Eat Pray Love” is a colorful mosaic of stories and experiences taken from author Liz Gilbert’s life.

“Why did you come here” he asked.

“I just want some peace”, she replied flatly.

Ok, the theology was a load of ka-ka, but the story line was an exercise in intelligence, symbolism and creative patience. The film did a superb job of illustrating mortal man’s clumsy (and meaningless) attempt to find significance in life without Jesus Christ.

All that aside, it did not *tell* me what to think. Instead, it gingerly guided me through a skillful maze of Liz’s progressive realities. The chronological scene shifts between past to present were graceful and smartly done. I like that.

I did not care much for the rapid subtitles in the Italian sequences. However, they were brief and fleeting enough that did not really trouble me that much.  As it relates to the scenes of Liz’s first experiences in India, one was left with a enduring question: is Bali really that scary? Eeeek!  Those introductory skills did little to inspire tourist visits.

Back to the positive…

I did not care much for the rapid subtitles in the Italian sequences. However, they were brief and fleeting enough that did not really trouble me that much.  As it relates to the scenes of Liz’s first experiences in India, one was left with a enduring question: is Bali really that scary? Eeeek!  Those introductory skills did little to inspire tourist visits.

The characters were well-balanced, as a whole, and each a big “ball” of refreshing light in their roles. Each performance was crisp, transparent, and manageabley complex. The engagingly quirky characters are visually addictive, reminding us that life’s dramas are often more entertaining than contrived fiction.Thankfully, many of the faces were fresh and new to me (probably international actors). Those that weren’t were vague enough to be comfortable and fresh enough to be intriguing.

Good movie.

Now, I must say I never go to Kentucky Fried Chicken for burgers and I certainly rely on movies for spiritual guidance. Hello? It is a motion picture and that is it.

But, I learned something from the film. For one, praise God we don’t have to travel thousands of miles around the world to find the peace and joy Jesus makes easily available to all everyday. All we need is the knowledge of His word and the wisdom to apply it to our lives. Lastly, we gotta have alone time with Him on a regular basis.

That’s it! No passport required!

 

 

 

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  1. i really shared your sentiments about this movie – I felt I was able to sift out the nuggets and discard anything that would lead me away from what I know to be Truth, which is that a life without Jesus is a dead end life, any other attempt to fill that void with something else will leave you just as empty as before. But I felt it touch on the human longing for “something more” – it’s good when things cause people to seek….and with Christ, we are not just seekers, but we are finders!

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