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.
The first 5 minutes are unconvincing, and there are schmaltzy elements to the production, but it totally won me over. Amy Adams' performance is uncannily good, and this film has to be seen just for that. The script is very funny, both male co-stars are brilliant and Meryl Streep's overacting (sorry) is thankfully just right in the context of the film. Loved it - surprising as I was expecting to hate it.
Cute, unpretentious, understated. Solid lead performances, particularly from the ever-loving Tucci and ever-laughing Streep. Thoughtfully and simply shot. Two women's search for meaning through cooking. Simple film, yes; but not trying to pretend to be something it's not. Enjoyable and easily digestible film fare. lol.