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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.
"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…
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…
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 and Julia felt like going to a fine restaurant to eat. It is not your typical fast food Hollywood movie, this is much more refined. Many people when going to the movies want to see some light film that will entertain them without having to think much about the performances, story, or dialogues (what I call fast-food). On the other hand there are some others (although fewer in number and much harder to please) that want to go to a movie that will make them think and feel like their time at the theater is productive and well spent. They go into the movie searching for good performances, great dialogues, or at least a decent story that hasnt been…
My biggest mistake in life was watching this movie on a plane from Toronto to London, having eaten nothing that morning and having to wait in the final row of the plane for hours until I finally got to eat a small dish of crappy microwave lasagna.
Great film; more heartwarming and entertaining than the real story or Julie Powell... Amy Adams trumps real life every time! Streep is unbelievable as Childs.
What a lovely feel-good film that still feels like something more! I found Julie & Julia consistently bouncy without losing its emotional weight. It's the balanced combination of the effortless talents of its cast and crew, making even the supposedly grimier Queens apartment Amy Adams spends her time in a little bit like a cave of inspiration. The cinematography is perfect for an ultimately optimistic film about food and love.
Speaking of optimism, I just really liked how the relationships between Julie Powell and Julia Child and their respective significant others just don't feel as melodramatic as they can get, considering the genre of movie. They seem nice and supportive, which ups the stakes whenever both couples meet any bump in…
I got inspired to do the same thing that she does on this movie. It's absolutely fantastic and inspirational.
It made me hungry!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
If there is one thing I and my darling lady both admit to, it’s being the most terrible food snobs. I’m a pretty good cook – she’s a better one. We both wish we could go out and sample foods all the time without feeling guilty about it. We love cooking shows – especially Iron Chef. So where we might normally give this kind of film (read: Nora Ephron movie) a miss, the fact that it is pretty much all about cooking, and learning to cook, made it pretty much a must-see for us. It’s taken a while (it was released a while ago) but we finally caught up with Julie & Julia the other night.
I should say upfront, that…
All that food must've cost a fortune.
you have to be eating while watching this movie because else you won't be able to continue. i loved the movie i fell in love with Julie. Meryl's and Amy's performance is just amazing and beautiful
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