Julia Child and Julie Powell – both of whom wrote memoirs – find their lives intertwined. Though separated by time and space, both women are at loose ends... until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.
Save your money for something good and enjoyable
Excellent, smart action film.
I cannot think of one single thing that I would change about this film. The acting is incomparable, the directing deft, and the writing poignantly brilliant.
This is a small, humorous movie in some ways, but it has a huge heart. What a nice experience.
There isn't much wrong with 'Julie & Julia', but there isn't much going for it either. It's a pleasant yet bland biographical drama film that bores just as much as it entertains. The story is weak and just not interesting enough to be made into a film, though it is partially rescued by Streep and Adams, who bring personality and energy to their roles.As a biographical film, perhaps it would have been a better idea to focus on Julia and give a more detailed account of her life and career. Instead we have two stories running parallel, neither of which are properly explored, and the films suffers for it. Overall, 'Julie and Julia' is a pleasant but bland and uneventful drama.
This movie poses a simple question: can an audience member rally behind a spoiled protagonist? What can we tolerate? What can we ignore? What can we forgive?Norma Ephron (that's her name, right?) tests our limits in a movie replete with first world problems. Amy Adams, an elf-boy living in Queens, has a respectable mid-level job, living in her own apartment in the New York City Metro area, surrounded by her supportive friends and co-workers. Of course, having your own life and sharing it with an attractive husband who loves you (and is nauseatingly agreeable) is not enough for her. Rather, she bitches and moans about it, interspersing her temper tantrums with unprovoked emotional breakdowns. "I'm gonna write a blog!," she says. Umm...okay, so do it. What's the antagonist there? Norma Ephron (that's *still* her name, right?) lets you figure that one out; she'll keep the shot on the actors seconds too long for the awkward pauses to set in. She (he?) also loves putting Julia in the center of the frame. Rules of threes, Norma! Without spoilers, let me summarize this movie with one of its quotations by Amy Adams's character: "I'm a bitch. That's me, Sarah - I'm a bitch." Everyone knows it. Everyone acknowledges it. Amy even knows that they know. Yet, no one has the cajones to tell Julie to take a chill pill......because no one cares (which is ironic because the whole point of this movie was that Julie would get people to care about her uneventful life). Even Julia Child called the whole thing a publicity stunt. Julie Powell, if you're reading this, there are easier ways to make friends. Go help out for a charity. Bring a dog to the dog park. Whatever it is, it's easier than getting Norma Ephron (who?) to write a movie about you crying for attention and expect people to watch it.
The female blogger this story is about is so bland, self-centered and void of any personality or original thought, it is frankly painful to watch. Even though the story was written by herself, she fails to inspire anything but a simmering hatred at the fact that a person can be so self absorbed to waste everyones time with this garbage. This is also not Amy Adams fault, I truly believe she made the character as likable as humanly possible, but frankly, nobody is good enough to manage that.The story about the cookbook author is interesting though, so I suggest skipping to those parts. Meryl Streep is as wonderful as ever.
With Food Network playing shows all day about the food industry, travel Chanel basically changing its name to the next Food Network, and food constantly being advertised in our faces, why in the world would we make a another food movie? Two words: Meryl Streep. Yes, that's right, old Meryl is showing the world that she's such an amazing actress and pretends to act humble when really she's just looking for another Oscar nomination. There's no denying the skills of Meryl Streep's acting, or that she has had an impressive career, but enough is enough! We don't care about your lame french accent or about a boring chef who can't cook without butter! Julia Child and Julie Powell - both of whom wrote memoirs - find their lives intertwined. Though separated by time and space, both women are at loose ends... until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible. Yes, history and modern day have clashed into one mess of a film. Amy Adams is so obnoxious and delivers her worst performance to date as Julie. Usually, Adams is delightful in everything she does. This time around she fails miserably, playing a desperate for attention wannabe who can't find the groove of her terrible character. Streep, like most biographic performances by an actor or actress, is cliché and unimpressive. She tries way to hard and portrays Julia Child as if she were in a cheap commercial for a local french restaurant. With only a two hour long running time, "Julie & Julia" feels longer than a week! It absolutely refuses to make one scene interesting or artistic, returning to the same old biography movie techniques that have been done hundreds of times. And, in all fairness, there's nothing interesting about a chef who made millions by using butter.