This weekend in theaters is Nora Ephron’s new film Julie and Julia, starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanely Tucci, and Chris Messina, in a film about two authors who were inspired by cooking. The film is full of light-hearted fun with an absolutely phenomenal cast that bring two true stories to life in a beautiful and unique way.
If I give one piece of advise it’s to not go into this film hungry, you won’t be able to make it through.
Check out the review below…
Writer-director Nora Ephron brings us a unique combination of two true stories, based on the bestselling memoirs of Julia Child (Meryl Streep) and Julie Powell (Amy Adams). The two characters, seperated by time are brought together through the love of cooking. Julie, in her time of need decides to use Julia’s cookbook and life story as her inspiration to start a blog that eventually would lead to her own success.
- Meryl Streep: Was there ever any doubt? It’s about time she played someone 6’2”. Streep, like Child was woman is larger than life. She completely embodied the character and brought Child to life in a way that we have never seen before.
- Stanely Tucci: Many thought it was odd that Streep and Tucci were being re-paired after their success in The Devil Wears Prada. I even questioned it and I was a fool to. Their relationship is entirely different and the two are beautiful together. Equally strong and humorous, the duo are a joy to watch on screen together.
- The Cooking: Let’s face it, this could have turned into a cooking show, but with the help of a good story and great acting it was so much more than that and the cooking scene had much more to offer than good food.
- The Idea for the Story: The idea of two people being connected through the love of one thing is beautiful. At the beginning of the film, the parallels are fun and definitely speed up what could have been a slow set up.
- Two Movies That Never Connect: The only thing that binds these two films together were superficial similarities and nothing deeper than random occurrences. It’s interesting at the start, but after 60 minutes, there need to be be something both than coincidences. It felt like Adams and Streep were in their own separate movies.
- The Streeper Wins Again: Julie (Adams) was obsessed with Julia (Streep) and so is the audience, because that’s where the interesting storyline was. Julie’s story was (as her character acknowledges) completely self-involved and in the end felt unimportant and unlike Julia’s story, uninspiring.
- Lack of pay-off: Although they ended the film with a beautiful and interesting shot that attempted to link the two together, and give some sense of revelation, there was no greater meaning to the story than “butter tastes good.” The characters in the film may have found greater meaning, but we as an audience sure as hell never do.
- Amy Adams Weight: Streep gained a bit of weight for the role and it was needed. Julia Child was a 6’2” in your face force to behold. Adams character, although she has dialogue that says that she’s gains weight, spends the whole film eating butter and chocolate and always looks the same. I didn’t buy it.
It’s a good movie, with a lot of great acting, but it’s not as great as it could be. Julia’s story had far more depth than Julie’s and therefore over-powered it.
The story felt like it needed to be taken one step further. It seems as if they acknowledged that Julie’s life was not that interesting, but then the question is, why do we care to watch it? I like the idea of two stories that are intertwined, but one story about Julia Child would have made for a more solid picture overall.
Check out the film in theaters August 7th!