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Thursday, December 3, 2009

[7.25/10] Julie & Julia (2009)

Julie & Julia (2009)

"Julie & Julia" is a well-baked movie with all the right spice and sauces, you couldn't ask for a better comedy no matter who it was about. It is refreshing to finally see a film that celebrates women who are past their twenties, and not desperately seeking men. They neither compromise who they are, nor do they concern themselves with shadowing a man just to get and keep his attention. There is no catty, evil competitiveness that has become so prevalent in so many female driven films. Watching Meryl Streep as Julia was like sitting down to a meal at any of the finest restaurants, complete with dessert and the best house wine! From the beginning, Streep was hilarious as Julia. One may have to know a little about Julia Childs to truly appreciate that person and the person that Streep portrayed. The voice was perfect, the characterizations were absolutely believable, and the spirit of the character was more lovable and endearing than I cared to take time to realize when she was with us. The relationship between Julia and her husband were beautiful and hilarious. You just cannot take your eyes off Julia no matter who she is seen with. Amy Adams throws herself in the more contemporary but less developed role with gusto. Her role is more of the everywoman who cooks as a form of therapy. Powell's background can't quite compete with the rich history of Child's origins, but what she does get is a following and respect from fans and publishers. "Julie & Julia" includes ample doses of rich, intelligent humor based on the circumstances, situation, and personality of the characters. Surprisingly, this movie also depicts more substantive depth while presenting a populist summer movie. This challenging endeavor captures the trials of working from anonymity to publication and fame as well as the trials of pursuing a wild dream in the context of a relationship. It is a fun movie with heart and soul that delights the sense and engages the eyes!

  • My Rating: 7.25/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 74% (6.7/10)
  • IMDb: 7.4/10


DEZMOND said...

"Surprisingly, this movie also depicts more substantive depth while presenting a populist summer movie."

Such movies are the best, entertaining and light but at the same time with a profound message. Such was NO RESERVATIONS with Zeta Jones, an underrated movie with cooking topic as well, but thanks to Catherine's striking acting and portrayal of the main character it is also a very unique drama addressing the problems of young professionals who in pursue of their career get emotionally reserved in order not to get hurt.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

I haven't seen "No Reservations", although I remember I really wanted to. It sounds pretty interesting from what you are saying, so I'll probably give it a chance! ;)

DEZMOND said...

Yep, you should watch it, but don't watch it as a romantic drama, but just follow Catherine's delicate performance in building up her character.