But I was wrong, so very wrong. Well, you should know that I couldn't even make it past the first few chapters. Why? Because I found that Gilbert's whimsical expedition came at the expense of her marriage, which came to a bitter ending for reasons unbeknownst the reader. We're only led to assume that she falls out of love her hubby, but even she
There is too often an inaccessible approach to wife characters in Hollywood films, especially those who spend a lot of time at home. If they're not serving a thankless role in the background, they're the sole focus of a film that fails to capture the complexities of their lives. With the exception of Revolutionary Road in 2008, which offered a profound statement on the plight of the dissatisfied wife before the women's rights movement, other recent films--like Eat, Pray, Love--have had was too distant to care about.
It's a disappointing ending to a film that had the foundation to be really good. It simply fails to connect or tell us anything. These wife characters, especially when they're leading the story, deserve a lot more than what we've been seeing lately.