Growing up, I never watched cooking shows too much, but I did occasionally seeThe Galloping Gourmet or one of Julia Child’s shows on the local PBS station. After seeing Dan Aykroyd impersonate Ms. Child on Saturday Night Live, I wanted to watch her a little more to see how good Mr. Aykroyd’s impersonation was. Watching her shows on occasion just made me adore her. She was so personable and fun. I enjoyed watching her later shows with Jacques Pépin. Of course, Mr. Aykroyd’s impersonation was awesome! I have even had the opportunity to see her famous kitchen in the Smithsonian!
When I heard Meryl Streep was going to play her in a movie, I was very excited. If anyone could play Ms. Child, Ms. Streep could. And then to learn of this other story of how Julie Powell cooked all the dishes from Ms. Child’sMastering the Art of French Cooking, blogged about it, and then wrote a book about it was so interesting! Where had I been for this to be so off my radar? And then hearing that Amy Adams was going to play Julie Powell? I recently saw Doubt and Sunshine Cleaning. Ok, this Julia movie was going to be amazing. And it was . . .
From reading some reviews and blogs about Julie and Julia, I have found that a lot of critics and bloggers love the Julia Child parts of the movie, but some are not as thrilled with the Julie Powell story. I loved them both and thought they both were equally compelling stories. I thought Nora Ephron did an amazing job of going back and forth between the two tales. Actually, I wouldn’t mind seeing the movie again before it leaves the theatre, and that would be a very rare event for me.
When you are watching the movie, you forget that Meryl Streep is playing the part of Julia Child—you seem to be watching the real Julia. And I would imagine that Julie Powell was totally thrilled to be played by Amy Adams. I know I would be! Then there is the ever-adorable Mr.Stanley Tucci, last seen by me in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl. And Chris Messina was also great casting as Eric Powell.
So, if you want to see an adorable movie about love, cooking, Paris, NYC, blogging, book publishing, McCarthyism, and friendship, not to mention 9/11, go see Julie and Julia. Let me know what you think!