Movie: Julie & Julia
Outside of being pure food porn (see it on a full stomach and it’ll still make you hungry!) Julie & Julia is something of a chick-flick framed around a biopic. Amy Adams turns is another good performance as the real-life blogger, Julie Powell, an aimless woman who dedicates of year of her life to following Julia Child’s cookbook. But it’s Meryl Streep’s movie all the way. Borrowing a bit from Dan Akroyd’s SNL impression and using ‘Hagrid technology’ to make her physically tower over everyone else in the cast, Meryl Streep brings Julia Child to (larger than) life onscreen with so much exuberance you can’t help but love her.
The movie cuts back and forth between the contemporary story of Julie and the origin of Julia Child, one of the world’s most famous chefs, and the longer it went on the more whiny and uninteresting Julie became. By the end I was annoyed that director, Nora Ephron felt like she needed Julie to make Julia Child relevant at all. Without question, the person who creates the art is infinitely more interesting than the one who writes (or blogs) about them.
…and yes, I am fully aware of the irony that I’m sitting here writing about Nora Ephron’s movie.
RATING: Matinee (high)
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