20 July 2012

Film review: Julie and Julia (2009), by Nora Ephron ****

Julia Child in Time magazine

A culinary legend provides a frustrated office worker with a new recipe for life in Julie and Julia, the true stories of how Julia Child's (Meryl Streep) life and cookbook inspired fledgling writer Julie Powell (Amy Adams) to whip up 524 recipes in 365 days and introduce a new generation to the magic of French cooking. Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada) co-stars in director Nora Ephron's delicious comedy about joy, obsession and butter. It was to be the last of her movies, as she died in 2012. Bon appetit!


Original and creative script, running the lives of the two Js in parallel throughout the movie. Besides the mouth watering scenes of food preparation, through Julia we get a glimpse of life in Paris in the 1940s, and of how far McCarthyism went into the private lives of Americans. Throught Julie we see how a young and poor American, with a good idea, can make it. Make it big, in a way that would not be possible in Europe. As a writer I could appreciate the need for Julie to set herself a deadline, without which nothing ever gets completed.

It's a fun movie, and an invitation to pursue what you love and not be afraid to put all your energy into it, even if you don't know where it might lead. If your heart is in it, it will lead somewhere. At least in America.

You can buy the European CD here

You can buy the US version here

You can buy Julie Powell's book here

You can buy one of many versions of Julia Child's original book on French cooking by clicking here.

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