Based on two true stories, Julie & Julia intertwines the lives of two women who, though separated by time and space, are both at loose ends…until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.
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An odd, if not entirely unexpected, marriage of biographical streams (could a modern studio have devoted time entirely to the latter named titular protagonist?) Pleasant as best - an undemanding soak - but revealing little about either character apart from the film-maker's apparent need to frame recent history with a modern device thus splittting the affair into two unsatisfactory halves.
It's always interesting to see a movie inspired by a true-story or based on the portrayal of someone's inspiring. Julia Child is one of the case. This movie made me want to take some cooking class mainly because I also happen to love to cook!
It did remind me a film co-directed by Stanley Tucci in 1996 BIG NIGHT which was also about food. Strange how nobody puts on weight here considering that one of French cuisine's pillars is BUTTER. Now the Meryl Streep - Stanley Tucci couple's performance is rather extraordinary and steals the show. A DVD zone yum-yum.
Meryl Streep is eerily good as Julia Childs. Amy Adams is eerily good as a self-involved millennial. It's all bright, sweet, fun, and heartwarming. I just wish Adams actually got fat from all that French cooking.
The story of Julia Child, her unshakable optimism and self-confidence and her loving relationship, wonderfully brought to life by Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci, is hear-warming and very funny. In comparison, the second "true story" was just boring, lifeless and weirdly superficial. I ended up realizing that I really didn't care about Julie's story and sometimes even forgetting about it altogether. Unconvincing.
Two stars dearly bought by Meryl Streep. Her contribution to this film is fantastic, but, embedded in the unwatchable banality of the "Julie" story, it becomes itself saccharine and awful. Only acceptable version is the "& Julia" edit (which is surprisingly delightful on its own)