Excerpt: 1 Meryl Streep, giving by a wide measure the most endearing performance of the summer as jolly giant Julia Child; 1 adorable Stanley Tucci, as her loving husband Paul; 1 Amy Adams, twinkling and pouting in a pixie cut and checkered Vans as blogger Julie Powell; 1 handsome hunk (Chris Messina) in what can only be called "the girlfriend role"; 1 Nora Ephron, a director who for all her faults is at least honestly interested in women; 50 glistening shots of maddeningly...
Excerpt: I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a big fan of cooking. I don’t think poorly of those who are, though. I mean, let’s face it – there’s very few basic essentials we need to make it through life and food is certainly one of them. This time last week I couldn’t have told you who Julia Child was or what her contribution to our society was.
Excerpt: It is easier to relate to someone, at least in a younger generation, who starts up a small blog and suddenly finds herself successful, especially compared to someone who writes a book because she graduated from a culinary school. Then again, maybe it is just Amy Adam’s general perkiness that makes Julie Powell so likeable.
Conclusion: As light as one of Child's soufflés, 'Julie & Julia' is a delightful homage to food, perseverance, and dreams, and features another knockout performance from the grande dame of American cinema, Meryl Streep. Nora Ephron's film won't change the world, but it will get your stomach growling and just might inspire you to pick up a pound or two of butter on your next trip to the supermarket.
Excerpt: Welcome to the 21st Century, a time where anybody can write anything they want and publish it as a blog. It's a democratization of publishing, and I'm all for it. You can't hope to get paid for blogging, but those rare cases where bloggers get book deals are a dream come true for the writers. However, none of that speaks to the quality of either the blog or the resulting book.
Excerpt: Meryl Streep is Julia Child and Amy Adams is Julie Powell in writer/director Nora Ephron's adaptation of two bestselling memoirs: Powell's "Julie & Julia" and "My Life In France", by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme. Based on two true stories, "Julie & Julia" intertwines the lives of two women who, though separated by time and space, are both at loose ends...until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.
Summary: You can never have too much butter . There's nothing quite as satisfying as a good meal and endearing as the wonderful cook that can prepare it, turning average ingredients into something of a work of art, a masterpiece of meats, vegetables, fats, breads, and spices that not only looks beautiful but tastes positively scrumptious.
Excerpt: I had mixed expectations going into Julie & Julia . Though I thought the casting was excellent, it has been years since Nora Ephron’s heyday. Also, as a foodie, I was more interested in the tale of Julia Child than I was the story of Julie Powell. However, the film proved me wrong, and I was left enjoying both stories rather than simply the period biographical piece on one of, if not the first, TV stars of food.
Excerpt: Like the concoctions and confections photographed so lovingly in the film, Julie & Julia goes down easy, a story of two women's parallel lives in which husbands are supportive, rich food doesn't make you fat, and good friends come over for dinner. It's a Nora Ephron movie, of course, which means that no heartbreak will last long and even poor people have exquisitely decorated apartments.