Julie & Julia is a movie about writing, cooking, and writing about cooking. Told in dual perspectives, it follows Julie Powell — a modern woman struggling along in her life amid work, her family, and her passion for cooking — and Julia Child — a woman living in post-war Paris who simply loves to cook. Both Amy Adams and Meryl Streep, respectively playing the main characters, are amazing actresses with a wonderful supporting cast around them. Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, and Jane Lynch play their parts well.
The movie, based on Julie Powell’s book of the same name, shows Julie and Julia in their respective times both navigating around life with the help of cooking. The Julia portion of the movie is definitely stronger than Julie, as Julia truly shows her love of cooking and life by living. Writing a cookbook was a bonus for Julia to help show the world how much she enjoyed cooking French food and she truly wanted to share her gift.
Julie, on the other hand, enjoyed cooking, but her reasoning for writing a blog to share her challenge of cooking through Julia Child’s cookbook left a bit to be desired. One of the most irksome lines that Julie says is, “You’re not a writer unless someone publishes you,” along with a short scene later when she fantasizes about the thousands of dollars that writers get in advance for writing a book. As a writer myself, it was definitely a sour note.
Writers write because we love it. Writers write because we need to write just as we need to breathe. Julia has that same passion for cooking and went a step further by writing a cookbook. Julie seems to want to write just for the fame and semi-fortune that it may bring her. She loses sight as to why she cooked in the first place. Although she seems to figure it out by the end of the movie again, her parts in the movie were more tiresome than Julia’s.
Nevertheless, it’s a fun movie for the family at a rating of PG-13. Anyone who is passionate about their hobby will enjoy watching these two women pursue their dreams.