Monday, August 17, 2009

Julie and Julia, The Movie

Just came back from watching Julie & Julia with a couple of female coworkers - I must say that i loved the film a lot better than the book. Meryl Streep simply rocked as Julia Child and just managed to convey perpetual, off-kilter good humor:

I must say that some of the scenes I enjoyed the most were of Julia interacting with her equally ginormous sister - equal parts hysterical and touching!

I must say that Amy Adams did a good job of making Julie likeable as I wasn't much of a fan after reading her book - this is what Julie looks like in real life:

Although her book had plenty of cooking, it had too many flashbacks to her childhood that didn't seem to tie into the rest of the book. And I don't think her book really did a good job of explaining the similarities between Julie and Julia's lives. I'm not explaining this very well but I thought Nora Ephron's script did such a good job of intertwining Julie and Julia's lives while making them so interesting in their own rights.

I think because I didn't like Julie much in the book, I stopped rooting for her and liking the book at the end. Adding to this, while Julie and her husband are loving and supportive in the book, I read later that she ended up having affair, getting interested in butchering meat, and ended up writing a second book about this. Which leaves me wondering what she will do next in order to provide more book fodder.

Anyway, I digress. I recommend the movie and make sure you eat beforehand, otherwise you'll be salivating throughout the movie!


CR said...

The real Julie was a horrible B.
There, i said it.

I heart Julia Child.


bcallegra said...

Haha, I wholeheartedly agree! Although Amy Adams did a good job of making her likeable.