Sunday, August 9, 2009

Julie and Julia*Movie Review*


Present day-Queens, New York.

Julie Powell(Amy Adams) is just a regular person living life as best she can, however, life in general isn't treating her so wonderfully-She is in a job that leaves her emotionally drained at the end of the day, her friends are all hot shot success stories that seem to rub it in her face every time they get together, and she has been forced to move to small apartment that she is less then thrilled about. The only thing that she finds joy in is coming home to her husband(Chris Messina) and cooking because at the end of the day, cooking is dependable. One crazy night, Julie decides to write a blog all about her journey to cook through Julia Child's cookbook in the length of one year.

Rewind 40 years to Paris, France.

Julia Child(Meryl Streep) just moved to Paris with her husband(Stanley Tucci). She is a driven woman who doesn't want to be classified as one of the housewives that don't do a darn thing, so she decided to do something with herself. After a few try and fails, she finally realizes that the one thing that brings her joy(food) can also be what she occupies her time with. Upon that realization, she starts classes at a local food school. Throughout her dream, she had to overcome prejudice, disgruntled people, some tragedies and not-so-fun situations, but eventually, she overcomes it all!

As these two true stories intermingle with one another, each woman goes on a journey-Both journeys started off with the love of food and both ended with finding true joy. Even though their stories are somewhat different in the middle, in both you can find truth, inspiration, realization and some humor. Not to mention some amazing looking food!

My Thoughts:

I was lucky enough to get to see this with two of my friends that I hadn't seen in quite a long time! This movie was quite different then I imaged when I first saw the previews. I'm not quite sure how I feel about the movie itself-It was really cute and a great story, but It really wasn't my type of movie.

The acting was extremely wonderful and the fact that it was a true story made the movie's appeal much more stronger. I did enjoy how both stories transported you from back in time to the present day and how they both sucked you in to where you were actually feeling along with the characters.

I do think this movie is more for the older generation, though. I think those people who can actually remember watching Julia Child cooking on television will enjoy this movie more then the current generation.

Ultimately, it's worth the watch.

**This is an opinion solely based on my thoughts and opinions of the movie in question and no one elses. I was not influenced one way or another to write the subject matter in this review, so if you don't like it or don't agree with it, that is your choice and I fully respect it so please extend me the same curtsy**

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