Saturday, August 29, 2009

Julie and Julia - Movie Review

Julie and Julia (PG-13) 123 Minutes B
When Food is Life and Life is Food

Starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Linda Emond.

I met the real Julie Powell in September of 2006. She wore a retro cool blue sweater dress and black knee high boots; she was striking in a New York sheik-literary savvy sorta way. She seemed a lot more intriguing than the movie version of Julie Powell (Amy Adams) who struck me as sorta vanilla. However, much of this perception is because Meryl Streep is completely illuminating as Julia Child, Stanley Tucci is phenomenal as Paul Child and Mary Lynn Rajskub is brilliantly understated in a minor sidekick role as Sarah.

Julia Child's life overshadows Julie Powell's life. I suppose that's the point of the film but it also creates an unbalance for the viewer. The relationship between Julia and Paul is as inspiring as the recipes Julia creates. Beyond the food and the cooking this is one of the year's best love stories.

P.S. After the film I went home and made an inspired turkey sausage and green onion omelet- yummy!

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