Julia Child has inspired so many of us to venture into the foodie world. She not only revolutionized how we cook, she feel in love with the lifestyle that results from good cooking and good entertaining – in other words, she Unleash her Inner Foodie!
I’m so excited that our favorite Movie Critic; Paul McGuire has chosen to review my favorite movie this month – Julie & Julia. You’re going to love his review. I hope it inspires you to not only watch the movie again but gives you the confidence to try a new recipe – maybe the one you’ve been saving for that perfect gathering!
“I’m Julia Child. Bon appétit!”
What happens when have one of the greatest actresses playing one of the greatest chefs? You get an amazing performance in a deliciously sweet movie. Nora Ephron (Sleepless in Seattle) wrote and directed Julie & Julia which blends the worlds of master chef Julia Child and blogger Julie Powell. She based the movie on two books, “My Life in France” by Child and “Julie & Julia” by Powell.
Julia Child (Streep) and her husband Paul (Tucci) have moved to France due to a new position Paul has taken. From their first scene together, you can gather Julia and Paul have an affectuous marriage full of love and harmony. They just can’t seem to get enough of each other. They arrive in France not knowing a word of French. Julia falls in love with France the moment they arrive. She revels in joy over everything she comes across. She decides to take cooking lessons at Le Cordon Bleu to learn French cooking. She is the only woman in her class and outshines all of the men. She teams up with fellow chefs Simone Back and Louisette Bertholle to write about the art of cooking and everything that goes with it. The book is aimed at teaching American women how to make French cuisine. After many trials and tribulations “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” gets published.
Julie Powell and her husband Eric (Chris Messina) have moved to a dumpy 900 square foot apartment in Queens, NY. She is an unaccomplished writer who works for a call center taking calls regarding the September 11th attacks and the memorials surrounding it. In an attempt to one up her friend, she decides to write a blog. She decides to write on food, specifically Julia Child. She will cook every recipe in “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”. Like many blogs, it starts off slow with few readers and not every recipe comes out Julia perfect. Julie is determined to keep going and not give up. Slowly but surely, she starts gaining a following of readers and devotes much of her time to cooking and blogging.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Meryl Streep can do no wrong in my book. She is a chameleon in every way. Like many of her previous performances before, she fully delves into the mind, body, and soul of Julia Child. Child had a distinct sound and musicality to her voice. Streep nails it like it is second nature. This performance garnered her sixteenth Oscar nomination. Tucci and Streep have wonderful chemistry together as Paul and Julia. I can only imagine what it would have been like to be friends with the real Paul and Julia. After watching this movie, you will find yourself hungry and dying to try a new recipe. Julia Child made people interested in cooking and installed in people the belief that cooking is easy and should be enjoyed. She always made it look so darn easy. I was working at Barnes & Noble when the movie came out and both volumes of “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”, “My Life in France and “The French Chef Cookbook” were hot items. People were dying to rediscover the world of Julia Child, myself included. I bought some of her books and made some of her recipes. If you haven’t read “My Life in France”, I highly recommend it. It’s an inspirational, whimsical, and heartwarming good read. Julia Child was the definition of someone that truly loved life and food.
Check out Paul’s blog for more movie reviews: http://paulstriptothemovies.blogspot.com/