Julie and Julia: A Movie Review

July 30, 2009 · 22 comments · Print This Post

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Julie and Julia

I’ve just returned home from an advanced screening of Julie and Julia, and while I’d like to stay calm, cool, and collected and write an analytical and objective review of the film without using effusive words I have to admit that this will be an utter impossibility because I found the film to be absolutely outstanding.

From the moment the movie started I couldn’t help but have a gigantic grin on my face.  Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci embody Paul and Julia Child perfectly and their chemistry is simply spot on. I know Meryl almost always earns an Oscar nod for her portrayals of various amazing characters, but if she is somehow overlooked this year it would be a veritable Hollywood sin.

Julie and Julia

Admittedly I am a bit biased about the whole Julie and Julia project/book. I feel like I have quite a bit in common with Julie Powell. I too am an administrative assistant approaching 30 next year and wondering what my next steps will be. I also often begin a night of so-called cathartic cooking and find myself violently angry at a pot of stew or a piece of beef. CK has on more than one occasion had to talk me off the cooking ledge so-to-speak after I’ve burned an expensive concoction of ingredients in yet another attempt to make something eye catching and engaging for a blog post. It’s not all fun and games by any stretch of the imagination and Amy Adams’s approachable performance gives a very accurate example of the bizarre moods and pressure that writing for an online audience can create in many people (myself included).  Not to mention that we also apparently share an orange cat.

Of course the movie is far from serious. I’m not sure of the last time I heard so many genuinely delighted peels of laughter from such a large audience. And I highly doubt the screening was completely filled with foodies chuckling at inside jokes, although there was one woman happily chowing down on a bowl of delicious smelling soup sitting in front of us. Frankly I was a bit jealous. All I had was a horrifying blue slushy that turned my mouth Smurfette colored.

Julie and Julia

One of my favorite moments in Julie and Julia occurred when Julie attempts to cook lobster. The music in the background in Pscho Killer by the Talking Heads and Julie’s husband sings along to the song and changes the words to “Lobster Killer” taunting the squeamish Powell as she tentatively lowers the wriggling creatures into a gigantic pot of boiling water. Oh yes, I could definitely see CK doing the same thing to me.

Julie and Julia

The movie opens on August 7th and I wholeheartedly urge you to go. All in all it’s an uplifting experience filled to the brim with gorgeous food and cooking imagery. Of course after being exposed to Julia Child’s influence for two wonderful hours I’ve added a string of pearls to my personal wishlist of must haves and have an overwhelming urge to make Boeuf Bourguignon from Mastering the Art of French Cooking but that isn’t exactly anything to feel bad about now is it?

PS: Many thanks to Babette and Bakespace for providing me with the tickets. CK, Julia, Carol, Shannon and I had a lovely time.

Upcoming Events

Next weekend’s Food Blogger Julie & Julia Meet-Up will take place in Boston as follows:
Date: Friday, August 7th 2009
Time: Approximately 6-7 PM (dependent upon the theater’s posting of the movie times next week)
Theater: Boston Common AMC Lowes

If you plan to attend would you please RSVP on Facebook or let me know either in the comments or via email?

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In addition, I’ve received the following information about an event hosted by Le Cordon Bleu Boston who will be holding an exclusive Julia Child inspired cuisine and Julie & Julia movie night on Wednesday, August 5th. Guests pay $20 for traditional French cuisine followed by a ticket to see the film. There will be two meal seating options at the Technique Restaurant Le Cordon Bleu located at 215 First Street in Cambridge, MA: Lunch at 11:30 AM or dinner at 5:00 PM followed by a 9:00 PM showing of the film at the Harvard Square AMC Loews Theater.

Guests will be served a traditional four-course French meal inspired by famous Le Cordon Bleu alumna, Julia Child’s “The Art of French Cooking,” cookbook. The four-course menu will include: Amuse Bouche: Mini Sausage & Mushroom Quiche, First Course: Watercress Soup, Entrée: Boeuf Bourguignon, Dessert: Chocolate Cream Pie.

Reservations are required. Please call Technique Restaurant at 617-218-8088 to reserve a space. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House. CK and I will be attending the 5:00 PM dinner session and I hope to see a few familiar faces.

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1 kristina July 31, 2009 at 4:25 am

Thank you so much for the review! I don’t know how I’m going to be able to wait until September (the UK release date)–ack! In the meantime, I’ve just finished reading ‘My Life in France’–so worth reading. What an amazing woman. K x

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2 April in CT July 31, 2009 at 7:31 am

We rarely go see a movie at the theater these days because of the price, but this is one I’m definitely making a splurge for. Thank you for the great review!

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3 Sandy July 31, 2009 at 8:52 am

I can’t wait to see this movie! I have always been a fan of Julia’s. The scene you describe with the lobster, was similar to one I had years ago in cooking class where my instructor taunted me as well. I can hear him teasing me with the lobster as it went into the pot of boiling water. lol Thank you again for the wonderful review.

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4 Lys July 31, 2009 at 10:06 am

I’m heading out to see it next Tues. at a Fla. screening and I cannot wait – thanks for such a great review – it just makes me want to drag my friends to see it again on Friday :)

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5 Megan July 31, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Ooh.. I can’t wait to see this movie! Sadly, I can’t make it to the meetup, but I hope you have fun. And I wish I had known about the event at Technique earlier (I’ve got plans to see Jason Mraz that night).

Definitely make the boeuf bourguignon… I made it last year, and it is fabulous! P.S. Read through the whole recipe because you need to follow separate recipes for the onions and mushrooms.

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6 Lauren July 31, 2009 at 1:19 pm

I can’t wait to see this movie next Friday! Thanks for setting up the blogger movie “date” :)

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7 Linda July 31, 2009 at 2:34 pm

I am so excited for this movie. And your review made me even more excited!

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8 Ally July 31, 2009 at 2:40 pm

I just finished the book yesterday and am so excited for this movie to come out next week! I really wish I could come to the blogger meet-up, but I think my chef-husband would divorce me if I went to see it without him! Have fun! :o)

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9 Meg July 31, 2009 at 2:41 pm

thanks for the review! I can’t wait to see it! Sounds awesome!

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10 Dolce July 31, 2009 at 2:42 pm

It’s definitely on my to-see-movie-list!
And keep it up with your blog, it is really amazing…

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11 Elina July 31, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Can’t wait to see the movie now! :)

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12 Bob July 31, 2009 at 5:57 pm

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this movie, I’m wicked excited.

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13 Monica H July 31, 2009 at 7:51 pm

I’m going next Friday to watch it and I’ve even managed to get my husband to agree to go with me! I didn’t even have to beg!

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14 Abbey August 1, 2009 at 11:06 pm

It makes me so happy to hear that the movie was delightful! I cannot wait to see it…

If I could find my copy, I’d reread Julie & Julia right now; however, it’s still in a box somewhere. Though I have downloaded My Life in France to my Kindle and am excited to read it before I see the movie.

I just love Julia Child, Amy Adams, and Meryl Streep…so I am so beyond excited for this movie.

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15 Lindsey August 3, 2009 at 3:55 pm

I just finished reading the book, and now I’m even more excited to go see the movie. While I can’t quite relate to everything Julie Powell goes through, I completely love and appreciate her soul searching journey she unknowingly set out upon, and I hope to have something similar happen to me one day, without even realizing it.

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16 Susie Q August 4, 2009 at 1:03 pm

I saw this amazing movie at a prescreening two weeks ago and you
won’t be dissapointed, it’s fantastic. I host at in a fine cuisine
rest. and would like to see us do a Julie/Julia nite” at the restaurant when it finally comes out on DVD, after I see it about 4 more times!! Oscar should defintely court Meryl Streep for this beauty Fun, fun and more fun–enjoy it.

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17 Susan August 12, 2009 at 4:58 pm

I just saw and enjoyed this movie yesterday. It’s creative and fun. I went with my mother. How many movies today can I comfortably see while sitting next to my mother? Too few.

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18 Matt August 14, 2009 at 6:28 am

Definitely not a guy movie, but that said, I think they would enjoy it if dragged by their gfs/wives. Meryl Streep was great – she made Julia seem so nice and outgoing and friendly and just lovable!

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19 Kristen August 24, 2009 at 1:42 pm

I’m heading to see this tonight with 2 other food bloggers! Can’t wait!!

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20 Sherri December 31, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Just saw the movie over Christmas and loved it so much. I was also smiling as soon as I saw the car. Some how I just knew it would be so special. I also wanted the pearls………

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