Julie Powell (Amy Adams) is working in an office, but her real passion in life is cooking. So, one day, she decides to cook her way through Julia Child’s (Meryl Streep) French cookbook and blog about it, not anticipating the changes this will make to herself and her life.
Interwoven into Julie’s story, we see how Julia Child’s gets to write the book and how hard she had to work for it.
Julie & Julia is good, solid entertainment: Nothing too deep, nice sense of humour and good performances. Makes for a very enjoyable evening.
Julie & Julia did not knock me out of my socks or surprise me but it is one of those comforting movies where you know exactly what to expect – and you get it.
The story itself is sweet and most people leave the movie with the desire to get cooking (I, on the other hand, only got hungry). It unfurls in the way you expect it to, the only thing that might come a bit as a surprise is that [SPOILER] the two Js never get to meet after all and that Julia doesn’t seem to approve of what Julie’s doing. [/SPOILER] But I guess that’s because it’s based on a true story. Or on Two True Stories.
The performances were good. I like Amy Adams and it was nice to see her act at least sometimes (instead of just looking pretty and naive with her big blue eyes, which seems to be a summary of most of her roles). Meryl Streep was, of course, delightful (damn you, Meryl Streep, because of you I might actually watch It’s Complicated).
But I also have to point out that Julie as well as Julia seem to have found the only perfect guys in the world. Both their husbands – played by Chis Messina and Stanley Tucci, respectively – were absolutely wonderful.
I don’t know what else to tell you than that this could very well become one of my regular comfort movies and that if you want light, fun entertainment, you’re going to be perfectly alright here.