Retro Review: Julie & Julia

Meryl Streep returns to what she does best. Being one of the best chameleon actors out there today. This time she takes on iconic chef, Julia Child with what looks like ease.

Meryl is Julia Child before she became a cook and moves with her husband (Stanley Tucci) to France. Together the couple becomes obsessed with the French cuisine and gorge themselves any chance they get. Julia discovers there is no such thing as an English cookbook for French cuisine so she starts taking classes to learn.

On the other end of the spectrum in the film, we have Julie Powell (Amy Adams) who decides to challenge herself with a blog. She decides that she will cook everyone of Julia’s recipes in 365 days and then blog about how the food turned out.

Both stories are based on real events but that could be the fault of Julie & Julia. These are both great stories but what is missing from these two parallel stories is the gelling and handing off to each other that makes a movie like this interesting. I didnt for one moment believe that this should be one movie. It was like watching two shorts with similar subject matter glued together 5-6 minutes at a time. I could have forgiven this if for once we it gelled and if the ending paid off but it doesn’t.

Meryl Streep is brilliant as usual as Julia Child. It is a flawless performance and I almost wish the film was a bio-pic instead of a glimpse at Julia’s life.

I also enjoyed Amy Adams but felt she was in a whole different movie than she was in this film. At times I felt her character was way over the top and other times really sincere. I never found her story and struggle as compelling as Julia’s.

You really have to love cooking to get engulfed in this film I think. My mother loved the film and is already planning to take my Grandma when it comes out. Now you have to understand my mother never goes to movies so that is quite a ringing endorsement if I ever heard on.

3.5 out of 5

So Says the Soothsayer

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