Movie Reviews
1:50 pm
Mon January 11, 2010

Julie and Julia


"If no one's in the kitchen, who's to see?" Julia Child

I wonder if I don't use butter when I cook but overdo my olive oil,

will I be capable of reviewing well the entertaining and almost

spiritual foodie movie, Julie and Julia? Well I love spontaneous

cooking, so I'll make this review just as relaxed and inspired with too

much love of food and Julia Child.

Meryl Streep becomes Julia Child loving French cooking, at

home with fresh eggs, butter, and birds. I want Streep not to be as

good as she is so that other actresses may rise, but, alas, Streep

lives as Child in another certaim Oscar nomination. Amy Adams as Julie Powell is not as

accomplished as Streep (They never appear together in the film as they

did in Doubt); however Adams successfully, frequently, and irritatingly (in

character) serves as a foil to Child forty years later writing a blog about

spending a year going through every recipe in Child's renowned

Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Writer director Nora Ephron expertly parallels the protagonists' lives

right down to the loving and patient husbands. The cooking scenes are

integrated so well into the biopic that I thought the smell of rosemary

garlic chicken from my kitchen was theirs.

While I must complain that

the jumping from one time period to another can be disorienting, I

confess to being happy about a movie that makes me want to visit my

kitchen again today, watch Julia blow another recipe with wit and charm

on her French Chef TV program, and reread her book.

Bon App?tit.