So, I saw it. And I loved it. LOVED it. But I knew I would. When I saw the first preview several months ago, it kind of changed my life, so I could only imagine what the whole movie would do. I mean, what's not to love? Learning that Julia Child didn't go to cooking school until she was in her thirties was kind of revolutionary for me. And I will admit to feeling slightly like the Julie Powell portrayed in the movie: a little lost, a little passionless-- and the fact that cooking is what made these women reclaim their lives? Umm . . . yes. Yes, yes, yes.
First of all, Meryl Streep. She is magnificent. I mean, really, beyond words. Her portrayal of Julia is so enthralling and fascinating and lovely. The writing is fantastic, but Meryl Streep is positively magical. And clearly, it's not just this movie either. I am constantly captivated by Meryl Streep. I loved the way the movie addressed Julia's childlessness. So understated, but so real, and so moving. And the relationship between Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci and Julia and Paul was fantastic. The Valentines cards of them in the bath tub filled me with glee.
Second, Amy Adams. I think she did a great job. And unlike many of the reviews I have read, I really loved Julie's storyline. I thoroughly enjoyed watching her character blossom and change. I didn't find her whiny, self-important, or annoying. I really rather enjoyed it.
The importance of both Julia's and Julie's marriages and the portrayal of their relationships was such a pleasant surprise. I never expected it to be such a key element to both characters' stories, but it was fantastic-- so sincere and moving, really. Stanley Tucci is a stud. Seriously.
Ok, so, did it change my life? Yes and no. Yes because it made me remember that anything is possible and it is never to late to reclaim your life. There were times I felt like I was watching myself (and Sam said he felt like he was watching me too), and I mean that in the least narcissistic way possible. And I feel giddy at the idea of buying Mastering the Art of French Cooking and trying Boeuf Bourguignon (and definitely not trying the aspics) (and how have I not bought this cookbook before?).
So there you have it. Probably the most positive review out there of Julie&Julia.