Thursday, December 21, 2017

Julie & Julia (2009) Review

It’s after a long time I am watching a movie without reading reviews, checking ratings, actors and directors. It was almost 10 in the night; there was many other things to do but I was not in a mood to do anything else. Even for dinner I asked Akhil and Jithu to buy something for me.
It took a while to understand the story line. There were two stories going in parallel. One from past, in Paris and other in present US. Julia Child (Meryl Streep) is a tall housewife staying in Paris with her husband who is working in US embassy. She was fond of cooking and joined cooking class where tutor and rest of the students are males. She wanted to learn cooking and get a diploma to become a teacher.

Meanwhile in present New York, her hardcore fan Julie Powell (Amy Adams) stays with her husband. She also works as a back-office support personal. During Julie’s meetings with her friends she has hardly anything interesting to say. She wanted to do something in life, but afraid to start with anything. At the end of a rapid conversation with her husband, she realize that the one thing she is very good at and fond of is cooking. She along with her husband watches old shows of Julia. Finally Julie decides to start a project where she cooks all recipes (524) mentioned in Julias' cookbook in 365 days. With great anxiety and pressure, she starts the project and blog her experiences every day.

Meanwhile the movie take u back to Julia life on old Paris where she completes her cooking class and tries to publish a book about recipes. It’s very interesting to see the scenes where she interacts with street vendors, friends and her husband. After some initial rejections one publishing house finally agrees to publish Julia Child's book. Well, in NewYork, in present, Julie keep on completing the recipes one after the other and blog become a successful one.

I liked the movie; it's motivated me to write something today for my blog as well. This movie takes you through the anxieties of Julie, her break downs, her relationship with husband; Julia's witty and interesting conversations with vendors, her friends and intimate relation with her husband, a little of French culture and beautiful streets of old Paris. Even if you are not a foodie, this movie is a good one to watch.


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