Julie and Julia film review
Julie and Julia the movie - Based on a true story
Julie and Julia is a movie based on a true story as the actress, Amy Adams plays the character Julie.
The film, Julie and Julia actually advertises to be based on two true stories because it shows the life of Julia Child played by Meryl Streep as well.
There is a 50 year divide between the intersecting story lines of the two characters.
Julia Child was an American living in France, tired of government work and ready to try something new by going to cooking school. She found her niche as an expert cook and authored cookbooks that became renowned in America and internationally.
The more present day character Julie sees Julia Child as a legend and uses her legacy for inspiration.
Julie is working in 2002 in a Manhattan office near ground zero. It is a development corporation that works to help those affected by the tragedy of 9/11.
Julie is enthusiastic about trying her best to help others who may have lost a loved one or who might be experiencing health problems from the change in air quality. When she feels like her hands are tied, she goes the extra step to approach her supervisor and ask what could possibly be done for that desperate person she has holding on the phone line.
Julie makes slow and steady progress, trying her best at her job but she is feeling disenchanted and unfulfilled.
Julie has a husband and a cat and they have just moved from Brooklyn to Queens. She feels that it might have been a mistake since the new apartment is so small and she is feeling cramped in the inadequate space and unhappy.
Her husband is always surprisingly unwavering in offering support and reassurance and reminds her that this will be a good change for them, plus the apartment is close to his job.
Eventually, Julie decides (again with her husband's encouragement and support) that it would be good for her to have something she can call all her own. Julie makes a connection with the fact that she is a huge fan of the cook, Julia Child who passed away in 2004 at the age of ninety-one.
With the Julie and Julia film that is set in 2002, Julie still has high hopes to meet Julia one day. Julie decides that her personal project will be to prepare every single recipe in Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She gives herself the deadline of one year to complete the project.
With her husband's support, she also decides to write an accompanying blog about the whole experience, chronicling the project progress as she completes each recipe and shares the food with her husband and/or friends.
How did the dish taste? What was the difficulty level in preparing it? Can she continue on and really complete this project within a year? Julie uses Julia for inspiration all the way.
To her surprise, Julie gets quite a lot of followers on her blog. She also ultimately obsesses about it and the the whole project, much to her husband's chagrin. All of it starts to cause problems between them. How will they get through the trials on the other side?
Additionally, does Julie ever get to meet Julia in person? Rent this film today to find out!
Starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci and others
I rate it 3.5/ 5 stars
Julie & Julia movie trailer
© 2009 Nyesha Pagnou MPH