Tuesday, April 6, 2010
"movies In My brain": Movie Thoughts - Julie & Julia
Julie & Julia is based on two true stories. Julie is lost, stuck in an government job working inside a cubicle and turning 30. She doesn’t have her dream job as a writer, and is known to never finish a project. So, she decides to spend 365 days cooking through legendary Julia Child’s cookbook (524 recipes, I believe).
Meanwhile, a dual storyline takes us back to the 1940-50’s where we follow Julia Child (the amazing Meryl Streep) and her ‘adventures’ in cooking, how she participates in the all-male cooking class, learns how to bone a duck, and how she tries to write a cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” which will be in English with some friends.
So.. I thought that this movie was strongest in acting, more specifically the acting of Meryl Streep. Amy Adams (Julie Powell year 2002) is strong, but I thought her character was lacking. Julia Child, however, lit up the screen whenever she was present, and the flamboyant character coupled with a fantastic, Oscar-worthy, performance kind of stole the show. I thought her husband was very cool too, very supportive and loving. He plays the rapist in The Lovely Bones, btw.
I didn’t particularly like Julie Powell (the present day one), and maybe this was because I never really felt the character growth. It kind of went from the revelation “oh my god, I am a narcissist” to “okay, I changed, everything is alright now.” I thought the scene when her husband came back was very anticlimactic, and very “okay, problem fixed”. It just didn’t feel as genuine as it could have.
The story itself was okay, not really anything amazing though. And it made me curious about cooking (since I fail at making toast). The food that was made looked pretty darn delicious, on screen that is.
Popcorn Review: A food-filled dual storyline film following two women trying to “find themselves” that left me satisfied but not bloated (if you know what I mean).