My husband and I made the mistake of seeing Julie & Julia on an empty stomach. We were celebrating our anniversary by going out for a movie and afterward dinner.
It would have been advisable to have eaten first or at least had some healthy munchies with us. We didn’t think about the wait for dinner during a movie all about food. (It would have been unbearable if the aroma of the dishes being prepared were in the theater.)
Meryl Streep in ‘Julie & Julia’ (Media Photo)
This isn’t a movie designed to entertain small children. In Ratatouille kids are amused by a feisty culinary-loving mouse and come away excited about whole foods. Yet, you’ll have a renewed sense of joy and excitement of cooking after watching Julie & Julia. This will ultimately benefit your kids.
I think Dick enjoyed the movie as much as I did. I was looking forward to seeing this film about Julia Child. Child is famous for her cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Child brought her love of cooking to television in 1963 with the PBS series The French Chef, making culinary and television history.
Julie & Julia is the story of two women, separated by 40 years and space. Both are discovering their passion for food. Julie Powell decides to prepare all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s cookbook in one year and blogs about her successes and mishaps.
The blogger, played by Amy Adams, is in love with the culinary arts, and is a character I certainly identify with. Blogging is a solitary endeavor. I understood Julie’s excitement when her first comment was posted on her blog-site. It’s affirmation that someone is out “there” reading your offerings.
Meryl Streep is marvelous as Julia Child. At times you forget that you’re watching Streep and feel as if it’s Julia on the screen. Streep captured the mannerisms and lilt of Child’s child-like voice. Also, through movie magic, Streep seems as if she’s 6 foot 2 inches tall, like Child.
The film is structured in two parts. It cuts back and forth between the true-life stories of both women. Although the women are divided by time and space, their love of food and personal experiences mirror each other. This isn’t romantic comedy, but it was lovely to see two married couples (separated by generations) deeply in love with their partners. (This was amplified as it was our anniversary.)
I hope you enjoy the movie as much and Dick and I did. If you have older children (especially picky eaters), you might consider taking them to see this film. This could be a springboard to engage them in conversations about the art of cooking and the love of whole foods. Then go home and cook together!
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