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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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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…
This movie isn't anything amazing but the casting is great, the story is cute, and it's a nice way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Nora Ephron's final film Julie & Julia is based on "two true stories", inspired by two books, and is also two very different movies as well. The "Julia" sections with Meryl Streep may have been slight on their own, but given the chemistry between her and Stanley Tucci, and the narrative of a woman who has to master and adore living in France, I have to no reason to believe that it couldn't have worked as a standalone feature. On the other hand, you have the scenes with Julie Powell, who has no real conflict other than the fact she sets herself a year to do recipes - other than the ones she makes with her tantrums. Amy Adams is an…
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This is an entertaining film.... I liked the characters and the storyline. This one is based on not one... but 2 true stories. The life of Julia Child as well as on Julie Powell. An inspiring writer who wrote a blog about making all the recipes in the Julia Child cook book in one year.The one thing I didn't care for is Julia Child's reaction to what Julie was doing. But I guess it can't always go as expected when what you are watching is a true story... as life does not always go good. Worth the time put in to watch it.... though there is better movies out there.
The first time I watched this movie I had a hard time understanding why everybody was going crazy for Meryl Streep's portrayal for an American icon. Because I felt that this was not Meryl's best performance I felt she was doing a caricature of Julia Child. But as I watch this again along with a few interviews of the real Julia. I start to understand it a little more as that was Julia Child not just the idea of her she really did have that big of a personality. So while there are some scenes that Meryl does go a little over the top she does do Julia justice. As for the movie as a whole it is a Nora…
An average account on the true story of Julie Powell and the adventure of cooking through the recipies of Julia Child's. Amy Addams is adorable if only at certain moments over dramatic. I think this is beginning of when Meryl Streep stopped being amazing and instead became annoying...her performance is cringeworthy! Only good thing about the past sequences is the incredible Stanley Tucci and a lovely cameo by Jane Lynch. Inspirational story on cooking but poorly executed technically. Not even worth it for glances at Food Porn...watchable
No drama, not much humour, but lots of charm. Nice, gentle story about rich people given the luxury to follow their dreams. Streep and Tucci make an odd couple, but that's kinda cool after a while. The Julie story would've worked better on paper. The Julia story probably coulda been the whole film, espec with Ms Meryl.
I'd definitely would edit out ALL the Julie scenes and only leave the Julia parts, that way it'd be a Julia Child biopic starring Meryl Streep and not and not just another Chic Flick.
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