December 19, 2009

Julie & Julia: Movie

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Julie & Julia is a movie made from a book, from a blog about another book. You follow? There are two stories running simultaneously throughout the movie. Julie Powell (Amy Adams) spends 2002 making every recipe in Julia Child's cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking and writes a blog about it. While back in the 1950s, Julia (Meryl Streep) learns to cook and starts writing with her collaborators what would become the cookbook.

Oh to be Julie Powell! Imagine someone throwing bags of money at you because of your blog. Julie & Julia makes it seem like it's inevitable. Write a blog. They will come. With their bags of money. The reality is no one is giving me a big pile of cash for my blog. A) I'm about 8 years too late and B) reading isn't as sexy as cooking- unless done naked. (Naked cooking is not recommended. Ouch!) But, as a blogger, I could relate to Julie. There were times when the only person reading her blog was her mom and she wasn't very supportive. The blogosphere can be a big lonely place.

As much as I could relate to Julie, Julia Child's story was much more interesting. First of all, it's Meryl Streep- as Julia Child! I didn't know who to be more impressed with: Meryl for her voice and mannerisms or the costume designer who made tiny Meryl into giantess Julia. Holy Whoa! Stanley Tucci was fantastic as Paul, Julia's husband. They were an adorable couple.

Julia's life has me fascinated and now I want to read My Life in France. I might even give French cooking a try (hold my hand). As for Julie and Julia (the book), I do plan on reading that too.


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17 comments :

  1. I haven't read the book or seen the movie yet, but your assessment seems about what I would expect. On the other hand, I can wholeheartedly recommend My Life in France. Fantastic book.

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  2. I saw the movie and loved the Julia parts. The Julie parts, not so much. And don't even get me started about her new book...creepy.

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  3. It's official...you have been immortalized in song. The Team Gale bribe will post in the morning.

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  4. Really good movie. I very much enjoyed it. But while most people seemed to really like My Life in France, I thought it was kind of boring and I had to make myself finish reading it. It has good parts in it too though. I'm not telling you you shouldn't read it. You'll probably love it like everyone else does. I reckon I'm just odd.

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  5. I definitely do want to read My Life in France, but given the fact I haven't read anything except the first few chapters of The Three Musketeers in 3 months, it's not likely to happen anytime soon. How did this happen? And while I am not likely to try any of Julia's recipes anytime soon, there are plenty of yummy French traditional recipes that are easy (though I'm not sure if she uses the pressure cooker or not, 'cause that's really a French thing and my MIL got me addicted).

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  6. The problem I had with the book is that it read like blog posts. Blog posts are fine, obviously, but a bunch of them strung together doesn't make a book.

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  7. I really enjoyed this movie too! Every time Julie was on the screen, I was wanting more Julia.

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  8. I'd love to see you post a couple of your attempts from 'French cooking'.

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  9. We just watched this movie last night! I thought it was a lot of fun and could totally relate when she started getting her first comments. Funny. And Meryl was amazing!

    I started reading Julie's book once and was put off by the unnessary use of F bombs on the very first page and quickly gave up. But now Julia's book, I bet I'd love that one.

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  10. I saw the movie last night. Good. Liked the book, too. And My Life in France.

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  11. Glad I'm not the only blogger still doing it just for fun :)

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  12. I didn't mind Julie's use of F-Bombs, but her book seems untidy and not well-organized. A few good bits here and there don't make up a satisfying whole.

    As for My Life In France, that was a treasure! I loved it, it was so much fun...I could hear Julia Child's voice. Wow.

    The movie: I would've been happy if the whole movie had been just Julia and Paul.

    A small bit of jealousy though...at least Julie's mom read her blog, even if she wasn't supportive at first.

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  13. Beth- That's good to hear!

    Caite- Yeah I heard Cleaving was weird.

    Jill- lol! Thanks.

    Queen- I'll give it a try.

    Deb- You're so lucky to have all that French food around you. Pressure cookers scare me though :(

    Amy- No, a blog is a blog not a book.

    Kathy- Me too!

    Jodie- That would be interesting.

    Suey- That's how she does her blog too.

    Reader- Some day I will read both.

    Stacy- If I was in it for the money, I'd have given up long ago.

    Bybee- Julia and Paul were so cute. They seemed very in love. The chemistry onscreen was spot on.

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  14. I actually did not like the book Julie and Julia, but I loved the movie. This was helped by the fact that the actresses were Meryl Streep and the cute-as-a-button Amy Adams (and the differences between book Julie and movie Julie go beyond just the cuteness factor), and the most entertaining parts of the movie to me were the ones about Julia Child, which come from My Life in France, not J&J. Like you, now I want to read that book, too.

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  15. I started the book Julie and Julia and couldn't stand Julie Powell's attitude, cursing, and writing style. I read Julia Child's My Life in France and absolutely loved it! I watched the movie last week and Julie bugged me but I wanted to see more of Julia Child! IT should have been a movie only about Julia Child's story, because hers is so good. I thought Julie Powell was conceited, unfortunately.

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  16. Great review for the movie, Chris! I can relate to Julie in the blogosphere, too. Except my family only reads my blog once in a blue moon. And they never bother to comment. I rely on the kindness of strangers. :)

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  17. I finally saw the movie last night and enjoyed it.

    I'm part way through the book and while I would not call it the best book ever, I am enjoying the fact that some parts were a bit more developed than in the movie.

    I'd recommend both.

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