Saturday, August 8, 2009

Julie and Julia

Julia Child changed the world. In a time when women were frying chicken and cooking mashed potatoes for dinner, or for those lucky enough to have servants who cooked, Julia child took a chance on learning to cook at the Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris where she moved with her husband Paul. Meryl Streep doesn't fail in her adaptation of Mrs. Child and her very distinctive voice and demeanor of fearlessness. She fought the odds and kept pushing and cooking until she eventually became one of the most famous cookbooks in history and pioneering the TV cooking show. Julie Powell was a disgruntled, bored cubicle worker at an insurance company who has to constantly listen to the woes of others. Her husband gives her, an aspiring writer, the idea to write a blog, where you don't have to worry about being rejected by a publishing company, she can publish for the world to read. She vowed on her blog, the Julie/Julia project to cook the 524 recipes in Julia Child's cookbook in one year and to blog about it everyday. As she does, she faces multiple breakdowns over failed cooking and a nearly fatal blow to her marriage after her husband gets sick of the world revolving around her and Julia Child. In the movie, Julia Child is alive and Julie does everything she can to show Julia that what she did mattered and in the process, improves her life, her love and relationship with her husband, and her well-being and outlook on life. In all the hardships of the cooking, the failures and her determination to finish make her stronger. Obviously, her blog becomes wildly popular and she eventually writes a book based on her experiences with that blog. There are flashbacks to Julia Child and her life as well. The whole movie could not have been about either woman, but especially not about Julia Child who is fun to watch for a while but after a while, her voice and complaining start to stop being cute and become annoying. The movie is cute, but a little slow at times and had me thinking when is this movie going to end? Well, it ends and Julie never meets Julia, but her life was changed regardless. The only thing hard to believe is that Julie and Julia don't weigh 500 pounds because the one thing about French Cuisine according to Julia Child is USE LOTS OF BUTTER! FromQ the entrees, the sides, and the desserts there isn't enough exercise in the world that could work it all off. Other than that, this movie is very cute, very watchable, slow at times, but ends well and leaves you satisfied after walking out. All together a delicious meal. Go partake in the goodness. Anything with Meryl Streep in it cannot be wrong in my see it and just hope you aren't hungry afterward cause you will crave French fattening food.

*** 1/2 stars only losing half a star because it is a litle slow in places and could be condensed a little but other than that a real treat!

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