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Julie & Julia
Based on Two True Stories
Julia Child and Julie Powell - both of whom wrote memoirs - find their lives intertwined. Though separated by time and space, both women are at loose ends... until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.
Lets get one thing straight, if you have a successful blog or newspaper column it does not mean your story deserves its own film. It happened last year with Marley & Me and now with this soporific piece of crap. Julie Powell's quest to cook all of Child's recipes in a year is a total non-story, there is no character growth, there are no dramatic moments and the only obstacle she must try and overcome is will she de-bone a duck (she does). So how to pad out a non-story for two hours? By combining it with an equally tedious non-event that is Julia Child's time in Paris of course. Neither of these women's lives have anything interesting to say or…
"These damn things are as hot as a stiff cock!"
Had I hated this movie, I would of given it a one-line review of "Cinematic diabeetus." But despite its flaws, I managed to like Julie and Julia, a First World, Oprah-ish, conflict-free sort of picture... but at its center has its titular characters finding meaning and leaping to success in their (really, not too shabby) respective lives by following through on a shared innate passion (cooking - which, actually, never felt like a *passion* for either); Julia Childs by co-penning a successful ''French cookbook for American women without a cook" and later creating a cooking show, and Julie by blogging and cooking her way through her (idol's) book - a…
I always like to say that I like people who have passion, no matter what this passion is. Well, I loved this film because it is all about passion. Passion of two people for cooking.
We start with the fact that the film is based in two different books of two different persons, at two different times! And that's already awesome! Thank you Nora Ephron!
Now, the leading parts are played by two amazing actresses: Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. I'm gonna say this a lot of times here, but I LOVE MERYL STREEP! She's just amazing in everything she does, and if I had written a book, I would want her to play my part.
I couldnt forget, of…
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Sweet, charming and more substantive than your usual run of the mill romcom. Nora Ephron did it again. It's like a spiritual successor to You've Got Mail. Amy Adams does her best Meg Ryan and it works a charm. I didn't know what Meryl Streep was doing. I've heard people say she's not as good as everyone says because she's always putting on a performance. Well you can say that again for this one. It's like she's auditioning for a role in a Margaret Thatcher biopic. It was easy to forget the story here was based on two true stories as it says in the opening credits. But that's the reason for it. The real person clearly exhibited an exuberant…
So the movie for Christmas Day was finally switched to "Julia and Julia", the Meryl Streep film whose marketing seemed barely indistinguishable from her other film "It's Complicated". (Asides from the trailer for It's Complicated being substantially more memorable in it's level of repulsion.)
There are two appealing elements to this movie. Meryl Streep's domineering performance as the food writer "Julia Childs" and Amy Adams heartfelt performance as an aspiring writer and blogger. Both appear in mediocre storylines which are expertly combined. Unfortunately there's a limit to how much the way the two storylines are combined can avoid being undermined by the mediocre level of the two individual storylines. However, this film most definitely reaches the utmost boundaries of that…
I took time to watch some videos of Julia Child's cooking show before sitting down to watch this in order to see how well Meryl Streep handled the role. I never doubted her, not for a minute, but I was surprised at how well she did. She was Julia Child. I will admit I hadn't seen Streep in anything before this (aside from Mamma Mia, but I can hardly count that as a great performance), and despite the fact that the film is lacking in several aspects, I think it was a good introduction to her work. She really was phenomenal. Amy Adams was good as well, as was Stanley Tucci, but they don't compare to Streep.
In all honesty…
Julie & Julia is a biographical film about the life of Julia Child in France and the life of Julie Powell that tries to cook all the 524 recipes, of Julia Child's first book, in a year.
The characters in this movie are quite real, they feel like real people to me, they don't change a lot but that's not much of a problem to me.
The story is split into two, Julia Child's part of it is the more funny and interesting one, Meryl Streep does a fantastic job as Julia Child and Stanley Tucci is great as her husband (#Tuccipalooza). As for the Julie Powell part it has more drama, but is not as good as the other part, still good though, Amy Adams is good as Julie Powell
Overall this movie is a charming film worth watching, it gets 4 stars or an 8/10
The structure seems interesting at first glance, but little emotion can be wrought out of characters because whose challenges are largely internal and that rarely culminate in 'real world' consequences. While I appreciated the attempt to lend Julia's (Meryl Streep) narrative some historical context, this tactic fell flat because her life and story only matter insofar as how they depict Julie's (Amy Adams) personal trajectory and possible outcomes. Julie's stunning petulance and grating personality produce in audiences a bitterness that doesn't abate with the addition of more sugar or cream. What rises instead to the surface is a fibrous, indigestible truth: sometimes one must rewrite (and rethink) a recipe.
Good movie, but the ending was a little weird.
That orange cat kept pissing me off bc it was always at attention and never just lazily lying around like a normal cat does. so basically, it's just ridiculously obvious that the director has literally never owned a cat.
Movie was too long and Julia's life was definitely more interesting.
"Julia hates me" bahahahahaha
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I liked this movie more than i thought i would, however i would have seen more of a divergence in the two parallelled stories.
Instead of julie just getting a call from some writer saying julia didn't appreciate what she was doing, perhaps they go a step further and show a 90 yr old julia child at a computer reading julie's blog, going through the emotions on her face (maybe even seeing a connection to her early days with the publishing issues), but ultimately pushing the keyboard/mouse away in a mix of distaste and perhaps even a pinch of jealously.
Just my opinion.
Oh, Meryl Streep. At first, you're like, "Ha ha, she's gonna do this Julia Child impression for two hours?" But then she's throwing herself into it with a brio that seems so essentially Julia Child, that by the halfway mark, she pretty much is Julia Child.
I quite like the structure of the film; paralleling stories are always a welcome challenge, and there was a lot of solid storytelling possibilities here. Of the two halves of the picture, the Julia bit is far more successful: the shots are composed and intimate, the music and voiceover stay out of the way, and Ephron just lets Streep and Tucci charm the fuck out of you. The Julie bit, unfortunately, is simply awful:…
Even though this has been out for nearly six years, and despite the fact that it has mega-stars in the lead, I've never really gotten around to watching this movie until now (upon recommendation from my roommate, coupled with sheer boredom).
This is a very cute movie. Honestly, I can't seem to find any other word to appropriately describe it, except cute.
Of course, Meryl and Amy deliver as leads. Meryl, portraying Julia Child, makes her effortlessly funny, and Amy, as Julie Powell, is hopelessly endearing. Stanley Tucci is, of course, perfect in his role as Julia's husband Paul, in the way the he humors his wife's attempts to find a hobby to occupy her time while he's working.
I love all the cooking sequences and this is probably the closest I will ever get to boning a duck.
All in all, a great feel-good movie to watch.
Unwatchable other than the (slightly) charming cast.
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