Yes, I know I am breaking my own rule and seeing a film before I read the book. However, this happened to be On Demand last night, and well I just decided to see it. I must admit that I find it hard to resist the charms of Javier Bardem ;)
For me, this was one of those films that had certain parts and exchanges between characters that spoke right to me. I had a deep emotional reaction to it, as I felt very similar to Liz's character in several areas of my life. However, it can be said then that due to this positive bias so early established, I of course would have a favorable review of the film, so I will try to keep the two aspects as separate as possible.
This film did not receive very good critic's reviews. I am not sure what this was based on (acting, relation to the memoir, etc.). I thought JR did very well as the lead, although some of the exchanges between her and her ex-husband were lacking at times, I didn't really believe (and at first understand) the troubles they were going through. The other characters had nice development I think, and as the last big quote (the aha! moment, I'd like to think) really puts it out there that they all had a purpose for her, and that is what is important. I loved the various filming locations as well, simply beautiful, including the scenery, filming options used, the people, etc etc etc!
Again, let me reiterate that I do intend to read the memoir as well and compare the two, and perhaps my rather positive opinion of the film will change, but until then, I will say it was quite enjoyable and very uplifting. Inspiring, if you will. And to make it come full circle, let me just say if Mr. Bardem invited me to a tropical island for a few days, he would not have to ask twice ;)
Well, now that the Blackhawks game is over, perhaps I can actually finish this entry, huh? I apologize, I seemed to be on a nice role in reviewing the film, and then my team got all nail-bitingly nerve-wracking, and so now I must try to wrap this up somewhat coherently.
What else did I want to say? Oh yes. The joke Liz tells, about the man who prays to win the lottery is told by the Saint to but a ticket! That truly hits it on the head for me in many, many aspects of my life. I am not happy with a couple of things right now, some I can control, and some I cannot. With one thing in particular, I have taken up that role of wishing and hoping that it will change, bargaining, etc, but I need to really own it and start doing things to maybe make that desire come true. And while I would be more than happy to accomplish this by taking a year long trip like Liz did, I am not sure that is plausible at the moment. I am, however, going to Scotland, and who knows what lies in store for me over there....