Julie and Julia
Based on the bestselling books, Julie and Julia by Julie Powell and My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud’homme, comes what can only be known as a chick flick with the surprising name of yes, Julie and Julia. The story begins with Julia Child (Meryl Streep) living with her husband Paul (Stanley Tucci) in Paris while attending the La Cordon Bleu as a student chef in 1949. The story then jumps to 2003 and a government worker named Julie Powell (Amy Adams) who longs to be a writer but claims she has nothing interesting in her life for a story. Her husband Eric (Chris Messina) suggests that she write about cooking since it’s one of her favorite pastimes. She decides to cook her way through Julia Childs 524 recipe cook book titled, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, in one year and blog about it on the internet. (I made a comment that my wife could cook all of Julia Child recipes and her suggestion was for me to save my popcorn for tomorrow’s evening meal.) Julie’s husband Eric probably wanted to kick himself since she spent so much money buying ingredients for 524 recipes. Unlike Julia’s husband Paul, who really was a gem because Julia was really lacking in the cooking skills department in the early years. Meryl Streep truly embodies the character of Julia Child which, considering Meryl’s past performances did not come as a shock. If you read any of my reviews you also know Amy Adams is quickly becoming one of my favorite actresses and once again she didn’t disappoint me. Both story lines are seamless in making the character connections while jumping back and forth which could have been difficult since they’re separated by both time and space. This film is charming but it does sag in the middle. Of course that gave me time to add more hot butter to my popcorn after listening to recipes with cream, sugar and plenty of butter. The performances of two great actresses make this movie work and I’m giving it a B rating.
This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.