Saturday, February 6, 2010

Julie & Julia (2009) (2nd time)

Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book. [imdb]

Nominated for 1 Oscar:

Best Actress: Meryl Streep

Ok, I’ll admit it. The second time I saw Julie & Julia, I flash-forwarded a bit on the Amy Adams storyline. It’s just because the Julie part is so boringly written and predictable. And the Julia Child part: so interesting, nicely colored and wonderfully acted. Nothing personal against Amy, but she got the shitty part of the deal.

Meryl is wonderful and of course she got nominated: she’s playing a real person and that always helps. She’s so joyful and a pleasure to watch onscreen. The Julia Child part had the real conflict, charisma, character development, great costumes and art direction (which deserved Oscar recognition) and so on. Unfortunately, the movie focused on that for just 50%!

My rating for the film: 7/10. But it did feel a bit stronger on the 2nd viewing. Maybe because of all that flash-forwarding.


  1. I'm looking forward to this. I'm not sure what I'll think of Streep's performance, since some like it and others don't.

  2. Well you know my thoughts so I won't go there.