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Julie & Julia (2009)


Food: the quickest way to a man’s heart. Remember that one ladies.

A woman verging on thirty (Amy Adams) and frustrated in a temp secretary job takes on a yearlong culinary quest: cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s (Meryl Streep) “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” She chronicles her trials and tribulations in a blog that catches on with the food crowd.

I do not cook, I wish I really could because then I could have so much more food that I wanted, but I don’t. However, I do love food, and that is why throughout this whole film, I was just holding my stomach.

It seemed like a challenge for the makers of this film, because they are taking two sources of material, and making it into one and I think that’s where the problem lies. The setting of post-WWII Paris where Julia Child’s story takes place is so intoxicating, that every time we cut away we to New York, I couldn’t wait to get back to it. At times, I just felt like these were two movies about the same subject, copy-and-pasted together.

However, despite this problem with the film, I still found myself enjoying a lot of what’s going on here. I think the overall pleasant mood to this film, and the fact that it just does everything with a smile, is what works here. The whole time I was expecting a standard “chick flick” that was going to be all about cooking, which it was, but it was all so fun to watch, and I had a better time than I actually expected.

Meryl Streep as you can already tell just from seeing that she’s in this film does an amazing job as Julia Child. I had no idea who this chick was before this movie, but after wards I checked her out, and I must say Meryl nails it. She is so alive and flamboyant here that I went from thinking of her as just the PBS cooking lady to somebody who could confront all of life’s challenges with a smile. Amy Adams is her usual cutesy-bootsy self here as Julie, and although her story isn’t as interesting as Streep’s, she still does a good job here and brings out a likability to her character. Also, it was awesome to see Stanley Tucci and Chris Messina up in herre doing great jobs at playing the main-boos for both of these gals, because they are always a pleasure to see, and here they are not different.

Consensus: Streep’s great performance, and along with the overall happy and joyous mood, Julie & Julia is an enjoyable, if flawed treat. See what I did there…

6/10=Rental!!

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11 responses to “Julie & Julia (2009)

  1. Helen April 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    That the Julia half is wonderful and the Julie half is just sort of there seems to be more or less the universal reaction. I didn’t dislike the Julie half as some did, but it was uninteresting and the script never tied the two parts together in a meaningful way (for example, it could have done a lot more to explore the theme of writing as self-expression).

    Streep has said in interviews that she’s been a huge Julia Child fan for years and jumped at the chance to play her on screen. You can definitely see the Julia love in her performance.

    • CMrok93 April 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm

      Both stories do a good job of coming together in the end, and I liked that element. Also, Streep just is having a ball here, and therefore so did I while watching this performance.

  2. Heba April 21, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Great review :) Thanks for stopping by at my blog too! I’ll be looking through your other reviews as well, as you have some movies I’d love to see!

  3. Sarah @ Shades of Sarah April 21, 2011 at 3:18 am

    I loved this movie!! I did a quick review of it on my own blog. It’s just so pleasant, and I found that refreshing. The thing I hated most was Amy Adams’ haircut – very-Miranda from “Sex and the City”.

  4. mcarteratthemovies April 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    If I was smart enough, I’d figure out how to delete all the Amy Adams (no offense, Amy — you know I love you but you got shafted!) scenes and make the whole movie about Streep as Julia Childs.

  5. Castor April 26, 2011 at 5:57 am

    For one, I felt the Julie half of the story was more interesting than the Julia one. Meryl Streep had the flashy role of portraying Julia Child while Amy Adams had a relatively thankless task of playing a somewhat annoying character.

  6. andymovieman June 23, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    i thought it was better than saving private ryan and more exciting than big and philadelphia. only good movie i liked with tom hanks before he became a real political poster boy racist asshole.

  7. andymovieman June 23, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    wrong movie. my bad

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