Cogill reviews 'Eat Pray Love'

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by GARY COGILL

WFAA

Posted on August 12, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 15 at 7:43 PM

"Eat Pray Love" is a terrific film which is smart, meaningful and infused with a good dose of wisdom.

Julia Roberts gives a steady, emotional performance as Liz, an unhappy woman, who leaves her marriage and takes off for a year in search of herself. A lofty, even selfish idea for some, but in this movie, her learning process begins in Italy.

Elizabeth also travels to India, where she meditates and meets a Texan, played Oscar-caliber by Richard Jenkins. She eventually settles in Bali and falls for a handsome tour guide played by Javier Bardem.

Director Ryan Murphy has created a female-minded movie of surprising substance. The supporting cast is near perfect and the film features some wonderful, honest moments.

"Eat Pray Love" hits all the right notes and is beautifully photographed without ever being cynical or unrealistic. Julia Roberts carries the film by playing Liz with grace and kindness but also filled with flaws. This is one of her best performances, and a film I highly recommend.

E-mail: gcogill@wfaa.com

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