Review: Julie & Julia

Julie & Julia Theatrical Poster

A Delicious Meal Cooked To Perfection By Streep and Adams

Julie & Julia (PG-13)

Director: Nora Ephron

Cast: Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci

Genre: Comedy Drama

Rating ****

Ratatouille was an amazing film. It’s about a rat which aspires to become the best cook in Paris. Well, Ratatouille has carried a little inspiration from the life of Julia Child who wanted to become the best French cook in American land. Her moral support was her beloved husband, Paul. Half a century later, thirty year old hard-working Julie Powell decided to start a blog where she would cook all the 524 recipes in just a year. She maintained a blog and stood true to it. Her problem was her husband, Eric with whom she often argued.

Julie & Julia is based on two books. One written by Julia Child and Alex Prud’homme is My Life in France which recounts her French experience. The other is a memoir written by Julie Powell named Julie & Julia. Nora Ephron has combined both the books to bring out a past-present setup which was first introduced in Godfather Part II. Julie & Julia is set partly after World War II and partly after 9/11.

Meryl Streep combines Julia Child’s voice and her own acting talents to bring onscreen a lively portrayal. In the present day, Julie Powell struggles to bring life to her blog. Her adventures are carried out in her tiny apartment atop a pizzeria with her mystic cat and her emulative husband whom she disapproves of for not guiding her properly although he does half of her work.

The misfortunes of Julia Child in finding a publisher leads halfway through as she switches countries and finally lands in Massachusetts which brings her light. While Paul Child is brought to life by a charismatic portrayal by Stanley Tucci, Streep does overlook her performance as Julia Child. The film is at heart, a beautiful memoir recounting the change Julia Child has made in Julie Powell’s life. But, it rather sticks to them and doesn’t bring anyone else in it.

When Paul Child has more space, Eric Powell shares very little space and is often there for an argument. Amy Adams as Julie Powell is scintillating. After an Academy Award nominated role as an innocent nun in Doubt (a role I loved), she plays a tired and bugged thirty year old who tries to take a chance on herself.

Movies on cooking are usually overlapped by romance (as in No Reservations). But, the movies which detail on cooking alone are fewer in number. Julie & Julia is such a film. Bon Appétit!


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