Saturday, August 22, 2009
Julie and Julia
I've noticed a lot of bloggers are talking about "Julie & Julia", the new film starring Meryl Streep as Julia Child and Amy Adams as Julie Powell who challenged herself to make every recipe from Child's classic cookbook and write a blog about it.
We saw this movie last weekend with some friends and we were not disappointed. I figured I would like it - I mean, it's about food, cooking and blogging, three of my favorite things. It is also very unusual to get a movie like this during the summer when most of the fare is animation and shoot em' up or blow em' up.
The movie is pure delight - funny, touching and fascinating - and I couldn't believe how fast it moved (it is slightly over 2 hours but didn't feel like it at all). The film alternates between neurotic blogger Julie as she attempts to accomplish her self-challenge and Julia Child, living in Paris with her husband Paul and writing her first book, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking". In addition to Streep and Adams, the supporting actors are great. Jane Lynch is wonderful as Julia Child's sister, sexy Stanley Tucci plays Child's husband Paul and Frances Sternhagen has a funny scene as author Ira Rombauer ("The Joy of Cooking"). Linda Emond is also memorable as Simone Beck, the co-author of "Mastering the Art of French Cooking".
Of course another star of the film is the food itself. Everyone has talked about how the movie made them hungry. I saw it with three vegetarians and I'm taking baby steps to become one myself so aside from the desserts, it didn't make us that hungry. But no matter what a chef is preparing, I find them fascinating to watch. (I'm a big fan of "Top Chef").
I had never read Julie Powell's blog but I had heard of it. The movie peaked my interested in reading her book Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously but after reading the reviews on Amazon, I think I'll pass. I do plan to read Julia Child's My Life in France.
I highly recommend the movie!