a critiQal film review Julie & Julia (2009)

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Plot: A woman (Adams) verging on thirty and frustrated in a temp secretary job takes on a yearlong culinary quest: cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child's (Streep) Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She chronicles her trials and tribulations in a blog that catches on with the food crowd.

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Well…my much anticipated chance to drag Reid to a chick flick has finally arrived. I’ve been waiting to see Julie & Julia since Reid first showed me the previews.

As you may know, I am a Certified Pastry Chef and a fan of the Culinary Arts. Julia Child is one of my idols. She changed the way the world looked at female Chefs. With her down-to-earth approach, she gave women of the time something to work towards, instead of just being the typical “house” wife.

Thanks to our Summer At The Movies 2009 and our local theaters movie rewards, we found ourselves with a free ticket and coupons for cheap snacks. With that, I was finally able to overcome Reid’s “forever pessimistic” outlook regarding chick flicks and drag him to see a late night viewing of Julie & Julia.

So, would Julie & Julia disappoint my “culinary” senses and prove Reid right, or would we both come out with smiles and (of course) with me an “I told you so”?

Meryl Streep was an awesome Julia Child. I couldn’t believe my ears when I first heard the voice on the preview. I thought, maybe she pulled it off for the previews, but how could she keep the pitch and tone of Julia Child throughout? I don’t know how, but she did. You could close your eyes and see Julia in her PBS “The French Chef” (TV) reruns. Streep also did the over exaggerating with the arms. Plus, the “butter” comments.

Amy Adams on the other hand, I was a little skeptical. She didn’t have the “oompf” factor of Streep, but she still stood tall. There are a few scenes from the movie that I’m sure can remind every person who’s tried cooking in a tiny kitchen and gone a little crazy because something didn’t go as planned. Ask Reid, I have…plenty of times!

The way the film flipped from Julie to Julia was great. I enjoyed watching Julie cook her way through Mastering the Art of French Cooking however, the other half that was watching Julia was great. After awhile, it was as if Streep disappeared and all I saw was Julia Child. The film didn’t dwell into the hardships Julia faced while attending Le Cordon Bleu as much as I would’ve liked. But did well enough.

I also kept asking myself how were they going to make Meryl Streep seem 6′ tall. But they did, the camera angles did justice for the height when she was standing or sitting in a chair however, when she was laying in the bed, you could tell they were smaller beds.

With the unforgettable performance of Meryl Streep as Julia and the Culinary delight this film brings, Julie & Julia gets 4 spoons out of 5 from me. If you are an aspiring Chef, whether it is Culinary Arts or Patisserie & Baking, this film is a must see. This film is a perfect “Chef’s” night in film, whether on the big screen or on DVD.

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