Julie and Julia Movie Review

Julie and Julia Movie Review Recipe

I just got back from watching "Julie and Julia" at the movie theater and I wanted to share my thoughts with you while they're still fresh. The girls, Lulu, Carole and I went together. We all loved it. It was a very entertaining movie. I really enjoyed how both the lives of Julia Child and Julie Powell were interwoven, highlighting their similarities and differences. The common theme though was that, in a nutshell, cooking brings joy.

Seeing the scenes of Julia Child in Paris made me feel a little homesick . The open air markets and the quais of the Seine River haven't changed a bit from the time Julia was there to when I was growing up in the 80's.

Meryl Streep as Julia Child

I particularly loved two scenes in the movie. The first is where Julia Child, played by Meryl Streep, is practicing French cooking at home after starting cooking classes at Le Cordon Bleu. Her husband comes home and is repelled by a mountain of onions that Julia Child has been chopping to hone her knife skills. I found it hilarious.

The other scene that made me laugh was the one when Julie Powell, played by Amy Adams, checked the comments section on her blog and the only feedback she received was from her mother. I can't say that I really relate to her since my own mom doesn't even know of the existence of this website, but I found it funny nonetheless.

Julie Powell and her husband

As the title implies, this movie is definitely focused on Julie Powell and Julia Child. Paul Child and Julie Powell's husband were rather one dimensional. Both depicted as saints, which I think may not reflect reality.

The only part of the movie that was a little disappointing was the ending. It seems like the movie was wrapped up hastily. The conclusion was nice, but it felt a bit abrupt.


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Julie and Julia movie review

If you're inspired to try to make some French recipes at home, check out my 4-course Julia Child-inspired French menu in honor of the opening of the movie, and please do leave a message in the comment section.

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[-] Julie and Julia Movie Review - Guest-TheDuoDishes566
We're both going to see this one tomorrow. Thanks for the honest review. Looking forward to seeing this one!

The Duo Dishes Website Link
[ Posted at 5:27 PM on 8/7/09 | Reply ]
[-] Julia @ Mélanger - Guest-JuliaMlanger
Ohhh, I am so jealous you have seen the movie. I hope I don't read too many details about it before I see it. Have two months to wait - not sure if I'll be able to handle the anticipation!

Julia @ Mélanger Website Link
[ Posted at 5:29 PM on 8/7/09 | Reply ]
[-] Julie and Julia Movie Review - Guest-Natasha5StarFoodie
Thanks for a great review! I'm hoping to sneak away and see the movie tomorrow between shopping, family time at a park, and taking my daughter to a birthday party. Wish me luck!

Natasha - 5 Star Foodie Website Link
[ Posted at 7:33 PM on 8/7/09 | Reply ]
I will go to see the movie when it comes out! :)

Anh Website Link
[ Posted at 7:42 PM on 8/7/09 | Reply ]
[-] Julie and Julia Movie Review - Guest-Audrey871
thank you so much for visiting! and for telling me about the egg and the ratatouille. Oh, that sounds good. I can't wait to see this movie...I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Audrey Website Link
[ Posted at 7:48 PM on 8/7/09 | Reply ]
[-] bummer - Guest-JessicaFoodmayhem
I wanted to see the movie today but couldn't and probably won't be able to for several days. Thanks for the peak though.

Jessica@foodmayhem Website Link
[ Posted at 9:04 PM on 8/7/09 | Reply ]
I'm reading the book right now and I can't wait to see the movie.

Janice Website Link
[ Posted at 10:48 PM on 8/7/09 | Reply ]
I saw the movie last night and loved it! The theater was completely packed and everyone was laughing the whole time which added to the experience :)

Kerstin Website Link
[ Posted at 9:00 AM on 8/8/09 | Reply ]
Thanks for such a thorough and insightful review Jackie!!
I think it's a common mistake in Hollywood to portray secondary characters (the husbands here) rather one-dimensionally as well. And congrats on being on iPhone

Marta Website Link
[ Posted at 9:29 AM on 8/8/09 | Reply ]
[-] Movie Review - Guest-OysterCulture
I'm going next week myself and cannot wait, it should be so much fun. Thanks for sharing your impressions!

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[ Posted at 1:08 PM on 8/8/09 | Reply ]
[-] Cinnamon & Spice - Guest-Reeni
I can't wait to see it! The onion scene sounds so funny. I hear the book is really good, I'd like to read that too.

Reeni Website Link
[ Posted at 6:32 PM on 8/8/09 | Reply ]
i've been reading your blog for 3 months now. I love the vietnamese recipes since I spend the better part of 5 years in college eating homemade vietnamese food. I'm probably also one of the many fan that you have that hardly ever post a comment. Keep writing and cooking!
[ Posted at 11:38 PM on 8/8/09 | Reply ]
Hey! I love your blog. You stopped by mine a while back (thanks!) and I am just now getting to yours (so behind!) I tbink between all the different foods going on at your house I want to move in with you!!!

vanessa Website Link
[ Posted at 10:08 AM on 8/10/09 | Reply ]
[-] Sugarlace - Guest-Trisha984
Oh I am so excited for this movie!!! I can't wait until they release it here in Australia! :)

Trisha Website Link
[ Posted at 8:07 PM on 8/10/09 | Reply ]
[-] Julie and Julia Movie Review - Guest-CateOMalley
I totally agree with you on the ending - it *was* rather abrupt. I loved Meryl's portrayal of Julia and getting to know more about her life.

Cate O'Malley Website Link
[ Posted at 8:46 PM on 8/10/09 | Reply ]
Enjoyed your review! I'm off now to read about your four-course meal. I KNOW it's going to spectacular. ;-)))


Paz Website Link
[ Posted at 9:57 AM on 8/12/09 | Reply ]
what a super good article on the movie and the photos wow! how did they come out so clear you are a star and I am a Fan!

Retreat Chef
[ Posted at 10:12 AM on 9/23/09 | Reply ]
It is a really nice review, but the movie is not that good.
I actually like the book better, they did a good job casting this crew but the acting in the beginning was poor. A Bit of a bummer. Does anyone agree?

Dora Website Link
[ Posted at 11:24 AM on 12/8/09 | Reply ]


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