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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Julie and Julia (2009)

I enjoyed this movie, mainly for Meryl Streep's performance. She reveled in her role, it's obvious. Having rarely watched Julia Child's show and I've never read any of her books, I was vastly uninformed, I still am. What I do know though is that the part of the movie revolving around Amy Adam's character Julie, just left me cold. I found her character sympathetic, yes, but the whole thing was just bland. I feel for her character because she has a job I can relate to, and she has about the same amount of kitchen space as I do, but she just whines a lot. Throughout her part in the movie she complains and never really seems to bond to anyone, her relationships seem stale.
Julia Child as portrayed by Streep is goofy and melancholy and much fun to watch. It made me want to find out more about Child and her history. I want to read her biography, try out some recipes, buy a bottle of wine. Her ferocity is inspiring. I also loved Stanly Tucci, wonderful and finely nuanced as always. I've been a fan of his since I first spotted him in The Imposters, which is a wonderful, funny film I think anyone would appreciate. Tucci's understated brilliance is wonderful in this film, his devotion to his wife is sweet and real and nice to see. You don't often see a middle aged couple from that time portrayed with such honesty.
The film was good though, overall. It made me wish someone would do a nice film all about Child's life. She was an inspirational, life loving person who would be a pleasant vision on the big screen.

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