Film Review 52: Julie & Julia

With good ingredients you can make a good meal. With actresses Meryl Streep (Devil Wears Prada), Amy Adams (Enchanted) and writer-director Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail), you can expect a good show.

Post-war, Julia Child (Meryl Streep) moves to France to follow her husband who works for the government. Julia has always been active, and now having to stay at home all day is too much for her. So out of boredom and the passion for eating, she decides to enrol in an all-male cooking class. Instead of looking like the sheltered female, her height of 6 feet 2 makes her look like a giant in the kitchen. Despite her awkward appearance, she is a cheerful misfit who spreads joy in her sing-song voice. After graduating from the course, she continues to pursue career in cooking and then becomes author of one of the best selling cooking books, Mastering The Art of French Cooking. In 2002, Julie Powell (Amy Adams), an ordinary New Yorker who struggles with work and takes cooking as a form of relief, picks up the book. She decides to challenge herself to cook 524 recipes written in the book in 365 days. She writes about her cooking progress religiously on her blog, The Julie/Julia project, which later helps her fulfil her dream of becoming a writer.

The movie intercuts the stories of both women. It draws parallel lines and contrast between their lives which I find interesting to see. Although the scenes of both women shown in the movie happen during different period, we see how they are connected through their love for food.

Both actresses act well in this film, especially Meryl Streep who takes on a pretty difficult character to potray. Amy Adams, although her character is less challenging or amusing, does a good job in perfoming a believable character. Of course we have the rest of the film crew to sing praise about and that includes the food director behind the scene. The only problem I have is that the movie is a little draggy. You have to understand I was hungry and it’s really hard to hold my hunger while drooling over the food in the film.

I watched this movie three days ago and I haven’t stop experimenting with food since. If you’ve read my previous entry, you might figure out my sudden desire to create something edible and, by the way, I did! ;)

Feeling lazy to cook? Watch this movie and be inspired.

Mel says: 7.5/10


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