Monday, August 10, 2009

Julie & Julia

Frustrated cubicle worker Julie Powell (Amy Adams) embarks on a year-long culinary journey to cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She chronicles her trials and tribulations in a blog that catches on with the food crowd. The film also covers the years Julia Child (Meryl Streep) and her husband Paul (Stanley Tucci) spent in Paris during the 1940s and 1950s, when he was a foreign diplomat. The brilliance of the film belongs to Meryl Streep. Her performance as Child is truly and thoroughly convincing. When the scenes focus on her life, the room feels brighter and easier to breathe in. Even though Adams' role wasn't as glamorous and thrilling, she still played a vital role in the film. This is very different from anything director, Nora Ephron has ever done, but it fits. People who expect to see a movie like You've Got Mail or When Harry Met Sally... will be surprised but hopefully in a good way. In comparison to other films that Ephron has been involved in, this one doesn't quite grasp the audience as much as her earlier films have. 2 and a half out of 4 stars.

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