Thursday, December 17, 2009

Under 250: Julie & Julia

Julie & Julia is a light and fluffy film that's enjoyable without any real substance. It's a sort of food variation of The Devil Wears Prada, a tale of scrappy lady underdogs doing what it takes and facing the unexpected tolls taken in their personal lives. In this case, though, the film lacks any real sort of dramatic tension or adversity. There's no one standing there challenging Julie Powell's (Amy Adams) right to hobby-blog (other than her dubious mother) her way through Julia Child's 1961 Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and the narrative division between Julia Child's (here portrayed by Meryl Streep) time spent in Paris and Julie Powell's incessant fandom did little to prove her task was anything other than silly in the face of Child's herculean efforts. The result, then, is a frothy entertainment that's delicious only when the camera is on Streep. No surprise, Meryl makes a fantastic Julia Child, playing up our conception of the woman who stood as a much loved giant (literally) in the American public eye. She's a delight; taking on onion chopping with abandon and preciously in love with food and her husband Paul (Stanley Tucci). Julie, however, is a bland, rather irritatingly bitchy disgruntled cubicle monkey who prattles in a way that's almost deranged about her imaginary connections to Julia Child as if the woman were a guardian angel or a voice in her head. In theory, the juxtaposition of the two women is interesting. In execution, i found myself wishing the film was just called "Julia".

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