Friday, February 19, 2010

Julie & Julia (2009) PG13 - 3 Stars

Bravo to Meryl Streep for her performance as Julia. She obviously did her homework as many times you could shut your eyes and think Childs was standing right before you. Though the movie slows a bit from time to time and I was never a big fan of Julia Childs mainly due to her accent and quirkish methods, this movie was still enjoyable giving a good insight of the woman behind the name. Adams also does a great job as the amateur chef who decides to write a blog, 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, cooking everything in Julia Childs cookbook in just one year. I liked how the movie switches between the two time periods.

Julia Childs (Meryl Streep), and her adoring husband Paul (Stanley Tucci), are a happy well to do couple living in Europe. Though they are very happy together, Julia is looking for her niche and after struggling in a man's world of French chefs, she refuses to give up eventually becoming famous as she cooks her creations in from of a television audience.

Decades later, Julie Powell (Amy Adams), and her husband Eric (Chris Messina), have just moved into a tiny new apartment. Julie is restless and finds that baking brings her happiness as she settles into the new space. After sitting down with a copy of a cookbook by Julia Childs, she decides not only their names are similar but with both their passion for cooking, they might be more alike then she knew. Julie makes a commitment to bake everything in the Julia's cookbook in the course of a year. As she cooks her way to satisfaction and write religiously on her blog, she too struggles with her obsessions, paralleling her idol.

Nominated for 1 Oscar, Awards include:

2009 - Boston Society of Film Critics - Best Actress
2009 - New York Film Critics Circle - Best Actress
2009 - Hollywood Foreign Press Association - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Sony Pictures Releasing
Director: Nora Ephron
Writer: Nora Ephron
Producers: Amy Robinson, Nora Ephron, Eric Steel
I viewed 1/10

1 comment:

elgringo said...

As a blogger, I loved seeing a film that accurately represented the work that goes into successful blogging. But when her work goes unnoticed by the one person she wishes it would...that was hard to watch.