Friday, August 21, 2009

Movie Review: Julie & Julia

My oh my oh my! 2 weekends ago I saw the movie Julie & Julia, which brings to life a true story about Julie Powell, a young woman living in New York, and Julia Child, her inspiration. Julie was in a rut career wise, which, trust me, can be a downer. To get her going, she decided to cook her way through Mastering the Art of French Cooking in one year, and blog about it. The book follows both Julie during her year of cooking and Julia, during her years of discovering cooking.

A lot of the reviews I read beforehand said that while Amy Adams, who plays Julie, was good, she was nothing like Meryl Streep as Julia Child. Now. Who IS like Meryl Streep? I mean really, she's amazing. During the movie, you forget it's her, 100%, it's like watching Julia Child in real life. Honestly though? I loved Amy Adams' part. Perhaps it was because I so identified with her feeling of hopelessness job wise, and have also found cooking as a great escape, but I thought she was fantastic. Anyway, the movie is charming, funny and thoughtful and I can't wait to watch it again on DVD.

My only regret? Not eating before the movie! The food in the movie looks sooo good, and all Julia talks about is butter, I mean my goodness, it's cruel! I left the theater not only hungry but just dying to cook some food from Mastering the Art of French Cooking. It's been on my list of cookbooks I always look for at used bookstores, but I've yet to find one...a testament to the quality cookbook it is! I caved and bought one on the next week and it arrived a few days ago. I can't WAIT to get started!

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