Julie and Julia Movie Review
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.
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.
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.
"PASSION. AMBITION. BUTTER.
Do You Have What It takes?"
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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