Rated PG-13 - 2h3 -
Sorry foodies, this isn’t exactly the grand food themed movie you and I were hoping for. Really, when you make a film about one of the loveable icons in the food world, you naturally have high expectations.
Julie & Julia is a dual storyline about the butter-filled life of Julia Childs (Meryl Streep) and a cooking/blogging experiment of Julie Powell (Amy Adams), a New York woman who makes every recipe in Childs’ infamous cookbook. In both cases, food and the method of cooking helps the women find themselves.
While Streep once again proves why she’s the greatest living female actress (thank you Star Cinema Steve), Adams’ role slows this movie down. I was a treat to the interpretation of how Childs may have worked her way through cooking school and her passion for food. From what I’ve seen of Childs on TV, Streep was clearly channeling her spirit.
The thing is, I would expect more of a food focus. I wanted to see the chef working in the kitchen, the love relationship with the process and the beauty of the end results. This film focuses more on the process of publishing Julia’s book and the somewhat annoying life of a woman’s soul searching through that book.
That being said, it was still enjoyable to see this work. It’s endearing, sometimes thoughtful with plenty of comic highlights. It’s unfortunate that the focus is not on the most interesting character in the film.
Second opinion: My girlfriend Vanessa said the film was too long and felt Adams was distracting to what might have been an otherwise interesting film about Streep’s interpretation of Childs.
|(Out of Four)|