Golden Globes Best Picture Nominee: Julie & Julia

by Nicholas Robinson

Julia Child (Meryl Streep) and Julie Powell (Amy Adams) – both of whom wrote memoirs – find their lives intertwined. Though separated by time and space, both women are at loose ends… until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible. – IMDB.com


I had quite low expectations about this movie because both of my brothers said they didn’t like it and that it was bad.  In fact, I planned to not watch it because of that.  However, when it got a nomination for best picture, I gave it a second glance and watched it.  It was actually quite good.

The story was well done.  The way they intertwined the stories of Julia Child and Julie Powell made it seem like it was the same challenges faced by two different people and two completely different times and I found it very creative.  It also helps show that nobody, not even the ones you think are, are perfect.  What I really liked about the script was that the entire journey that Julie Powell went through and all the bumps in the road put a unique spin on journey movies.  I say this because in a journey movie, a person or group of people normally take a physical journey and always hit snags along the way and want to give up, but there is at least one person in the group or just a random person encourages them to go on and finish and that’s what I saw in this movie for both Julie and Julia.  For both Julie and Julia, it was their husbands (Chris Messina and Stanley Tucci respectively) who urged them on to finish and both women finished their journey with success and satisfaction.

The acting was exceptional in this movie.   Meryl Streep did a wonderful impression of Julia Child.  I am too young to know how she actually sounded, but my parents tell me that that’s exactly how she sounded.  At first, her voice was quite annoying, but after a while I got used to it and actually couldn’t wait to hear more of it.  Amy Adams was also very good as Julie Powell.  She made me believe, every minute, that what she was supposed to be feeling, she actually was.

Although I love Stanley Tucci in most of his movies, here he was still good but more average than good.  Even though he had a relatively small role, he could have brought out a little more emotion than he did.  Chris Messina was on the other end, he was average, leading towards bad.  However, you do get a feeling that he is trying to play his part and that’s what makes him average.  A good performance or great performance is where someone is very believable and they don’t look like they’re trying to be believable because if you look like you are trying it can be distracting when you have someone who looks like they’re doing it effortlessly right beside them for the entire movie.

Where this movie falls down though is the direction.  The direction felt like it was straight out of a textbook.  The shots were very simple and boring.  The movie felt like it could use some more interesting shots instead of just placing the camera one place and shooting the scene and repeating that with different placements of the camera and just cutting where need be.

Overall, it is a fun film to watch and will give you some laughs, but I would say it only deserves a rental from you’re local video store.

IMDB says 7.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes says 75%

I say 7.0/10

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~ by sputnikreviews on December 22, 2009.

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