Julie & Julia -- Review #JPMN





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Published on Mar 3, 2012

Julie & Julia (2009) -- 6/10.

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~~ Review Script ~~
Based on a true story... actually, it's based on two true stories: the early beginnings of TV icon and chef, Julia Child and Julie an aspiring writer out of Queens who decides to blog about cooking for a year. These two leading ladies are played by Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, who, in stark contrast to the characters in Public Enemies are actually what really save this film, which is mostly a two hour movie about French cooking. They are adorable, endearing, and fun to watch as they both sink their teeth into their respective roles. Stanely Tucci and Chris Messina play the husbands of both actresses, with Tucci doing an especially fine job as Mr. Child - he isn't given much to work with, but really hits a home-run with his character. Again, since this movie was based on a true-story, you already sort of know where it's going, so there aren't many big surprises in store, and for the most part, the plot of the film does little to excite. But really, you're getting two movies for the price of one here - ala The Godfather Part 2. Although needlessly hinted towards the end of the film that Julie and Julia may actually meet - that development goes nowhere, and the viewer is left with a sort of unfulfilled desire to see the two stories somehow converge. My disappointment doesn't come from the lack of converging narratives, but rather at director Nora Ephron who in the final 10 minutes of the film, it would be a good idea to sort of tease the audience with that possibility... before completely forgetting about it, and ending the film on a bit of a sour note. Nuances aside, this film was a quirky and fun movie that somehow made cooking and blogging interesting for two full hours. Without the stellar performances from the principal, and supporting cast, I definitely would have rated this picture lower. And although it has nothing to do with the film, I love that the original blog Julie Powel wrote in 2002, that the movie is based off of is still online... makes for a great read after you've seen the movie.


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