Movie Monday: Julie & Julia

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Welcome to my first "Movie Monday". Knowing that this will probably go the way of my short-lived "Foodie Fridays", I thought I'd give it a shot. The two words just go together, don't you think??
On Friday night, my mom and I joined about 2oo other mother/daughter pairs to see the premiere of "Julie and Julia". This is a must see. Really it is. And one of my BFF's, who shall remain nameless, claims that "I never like any movies". So you know this one must be good.
This much hyped story is about a 30-year-old Manhattan woman, in a dead-end job, who decides to start a blog about her quest to complete all 524 of Julia Child's recipes from the cookbook "Mastering the Art of French Cooking". And her goal is to tackle this gargantuan feat in 365 days.
As we sat through trailer after trailer about the world ending, vampires and mass murders, the lady next to me yelled out "We came to see a happy movie!!" (thank you fellow moviegoer) Nora Ephron--who also produced Sleepless in Seattle--did not let us down in the least. This really was the happiest movie I've seen in a very, very long time. If ever. I read a couple reviews and a magazine article in which Meryl Streep herself was quoted as saying that the fact both women had supportive, loving marriages was what drew her to taking the role of Julia Child. The fact that a Hollywood actress would make such a statement was reason enough for me to pay the $10. She was not exaggerating nor referring to an inaccurate definition of a "supportive marriage." The sweet and kind manner in which both of these couples treated one another almost made me forget the plot.
Meryl Streep was "spot-on" as Julia and Stanley Tucci was adequate as her husband, Paul. This was the first time I saw Amy Adams and since no one really knows Julie Powell, it's hard to say if she was portrayed well. Chris Messina who played Eric Powell was completely endearing.
That's all I'm going to say. No spoilers here. Go see it. If you hate it I'll personally refund your ten bucks.

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One Response to “Movie Monday: Julie & Julia”

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

I have been dying to see this!!

When I was a teenager, I LOVED Julia child. I do impersonations of her... anyway, when I'd be cooking dinner for my family, I'd be in the kitchen doing Julia Child for like an HOUR while I sauteed things...

I think I need to see this movie soon!