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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 may contain 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…
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…
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…
Again, enjoyable. Again, made me hungry. Still agree with my earlier review.....What a brilliant way to spend a lazy saturday afternoon! A deligthfull story about...food with character and characters with food. Brilliant casting all around. Made me hungry and gave me the thought of maybe actually start cooking something from recipes instead of just making it all up. Hmmmm.
Very enjoyable film, but holy hell, this is one long fucking movie. It's one of those flicks where I will never re-watch in its entirety because I cannot fucking stomach the length (coming from the guy who re-watches Amadeus on a regular basis). If it were just a film on Julia Child I would indefinitely rate this much higher; Meryl, Simca, Dorothy, and Louisette are probably the only reasons why I even enjoyed this thing; which just so happens to be the people not in Julie's snoozefest.
It's a 2 hour and something long film when it should be one.
I am a big fan of Meryl Streep, especially as Julia Child. She shines because of her dedication to emulate Julia. Amy Adams does a wonderful job of playing Julie. Overall, what a lovely movie.
Pretty boring. Even Streep's Julia Child isn't that interesting.
charm me to death nora!!
"Without you, there wouldn't be a book."
Back when I first saw this film, I didn't quite know what to expect. The plot didn't seem like something that would interest me, but I decided to give it a shot anyways. I'm not a big cook. I honestly don't even really like food all that much, to be honest. I also knew next to nothing about Julia Child, her cookbook, or her show. Despite all of that, I really enjoyed the movie.
Rewatching it, I enjoyed it just as much. The concept of cooking through the cookbook was interesting and I actually really enjoyed the numerous parallels between Julia and Julie's lives. I certainly like the Julia segments the best, but…
What a delightfully little charming film, albeit 20 minutes too long...
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