I'm a little behind in seeing this, but I was given the heads-up that it makes you very hungry. ¬†I was pressed for time so I had to eat dinner that night at Applebee's before seeing the film. ¬†Within the first couple shots of the movie you automatically feel like whatever you just ate is inadequate and lacked in flavor by a landslide to what's being made on the screen...in my case it was made even worse by my dinner choice. ¬†"Julie & Julia" is based on two books, two true stories and mushed together because it probably looked great on paper to do that. ¬†In my opinion, it wasn't. ¬†I actually would've been very interested in a movie that was just about Julia Child (Meryl Streep). ¬†I consider myself a "foodie" but besides that she led a very interesting life, was a pioneer and an inspiration for women who want to bust through glass ceiling. ¬†The story of Julie Powell (Amy Adams) is not interesting at all. ¬†She's a woman who was lost in her own life so she started a blog where she wrote about trying to cook all 500+ receipts from Julia Child's famous "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" book in a year. ¬†According to her, Julia Child and this project saved her life, her marriage and her sanity. ¬†Unfortunately you don't see any of that in the film. ¬†It's never fully explained how doing this made her see her life and marriage in a totally new light. ¬†Although I love Adams as an actress, she shows us one side of the character and never gives it an arch at all. ¬†To me it seemed that the Producers wanted to do a movie on Julia Child and thought no one would see it unless it had something else to it. ¬†That might be true for most, but adding the Julie Powell story just made it longer. ¬†Not to say that it's boring or painful to watch. ¬†It's not! ¬†It's cute and light and silly. ¬†But the movie becomes interesting again when it's back to 1950s France with Julia and her husband Paul. ¬†Now Paul is played by the awesome, Stanley Tucci. ¬†It's interesting to see the trailers beforehand full of the forthcoming romantic-comedies that star your usual Sandra Bullocks, Sarah Jessica Parkers, and Matthew McConaugheys because none of those actors share chemistry the way that Streep and Tucci do in this. ¬†There are scenes in the movie between them that director Nora Ephron capture in one continuous shot because they glide through dialogue in a way that's so natural that you honestly believe these people are in love...of course it helps when you were a couple that was as devoted as The Childs were to each other. ¬†This movie has many good parts and is enjoyable to see. ¬†Streep has earned another Oscar nomination as far as I'm concerned and so far is the leading contender. ¬†But it feels like a meal prepared by Julie Powell and not Julia Child...not nearly as good as it should or could be, but still pretty damn tasty.
Julie & Julia (Rated PG-13)
Gavin Grade: B