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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.
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…
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…
While Meryl Streep as Julia Child is extremely enjoyable, Amy Adams' "modern" Julia is grating.
On Star Wars day, my girlfriend initiated a "French" themed day. Cue the berets and garlic string necklaces, the croissants, Kronenberg and French red wine. Oh and this movie...
It's one i've seen before and remember it being OK, but never really thought it'd be one i'd be seeing again or choose to under my own steam. But you know what? This was surprisingly watchable. It's pretty entertaining, has a couple of decent stories (one set in 40s France with Julia Childs, one set in 2005 Manhattan with Julia -somebody who made a blog of all of Julia Childs' french recipes.) and plenty of good performances. Amy Adams is her usual likeable self, Streep puts in yet another great character performance and Tucci is excellent again.
Recommended?: If you want a feel-good easy to watch movie that's based on cooking you could do a lot worse than this.
"It's a regimen. Like doing sit-ups.
Film #2 of my 'Amy Adams Afternoon'.
This afternoon plan was a good decision.
She is just so darn cute in this, and the film is as delicious and heartwarming as the gorgeous food.
As her last film, I am happy to say that at least Julie & Julia displays the talent that made Nora Ephron popular in the first place. The movie is well put together, despite feeling bloated, but it is two movies in one, so I forgive that. Now, despite my thinking that Ephron displays her talent well here, I don't actually enjoy the movie that much, and I will tell you why.
For starters I must bring up an old rant that developed after watching this the first time, that being that literally anyone can be Julia Child. I'm serious, try it now. Watch this video and then do your best Julia Child impression. I guarantee that it is just as…
Pretty cute, but most of the characters felt silly all too often. I liked the whole cooking part of it, it was nice and it made me hungry, haha.
It was a bit boring sometimes and I feel like it ended somehow abruptly. Well, it was a decent, cozy film. Meryl Streep was quite a joy.
I don't even care: tears.
P.S. First movie ever based on a blog, so that's not even nothing.
Why was everyone so enamoured by american treasure Meryl's performance? It was basically the same caricature that Dan Akroyd did on SNL that they even reference in the movie?
Adams character is unlikable and they totally gloss over the fact that Child didn't even approve of the whole thing.
Made me hungry.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This entire movie should have been about Meryl Streep's Julia Child. I'm a big fan of Amy Adams, but it is a hammering bummer every time the story leaves a beautiful late-40s Paris filled with Ephronian intricacies and food food food, and drops us into Julie's 2002... blog. That's not to say Ephron doesn't pull it off structurally: the rendering of those parallel story lines is remarkable, smooth, and one of the main things i recognized. I'm just saying Julie Powell's story is trivial in light of this alternative story we're teased with. So much so that you have to assume that Nora Ephron, of all people, noticed this and wonder why she chose to continue this route. It's not a baaaaaaad plot line, just bad in comparison.
I recommend it though, highly recommend it if food-centric stories are compelling to you, as they are to me
Julie & Julia is a mostly average film, but the reason I rate it so high is because it is teeming with the joy of life. Bolstered by a brilliant lead performance from Meryl Streep, but also by Amy Adams who does a lot with very little, the film manages to capture the spirit of these women. Sweet, charming, well-done, and entertaining, J&J is a film I'd recommend to anyone and everyone.
Not my cup of tea.. I did fell asleep.. if only for a minute or so..
Like many others, I find the Julia Child parts of the movie, particularly Streep and Tucci's performances to be just delightful to watch and worthy of their own full-length movie; the Julie bits, not so much. Not that Amy Adams isn't good as Julie, she is, as good as that part can be but Julie's just not as interesting or likeable of a character and her story's just not as interesting.
Although I still didn't like Amy Adams, I will watch anything for Meryl Streep and she delivered! (Julia Child is also a superstar in the cooking world, I remember watching some of her shows when I was little when Mom found the dvds at the library... Meryl was perfect!)
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