Tuesday, August 18, 2009


I went to see the movie "Julie and Julia" last night. Ok, my wife wanted to go and I wanted to do something together. She went to Star Trek with me, so it was my turn to see one of her girly movies.

Actually, I don't mind girly movies. They're a bit trite and simple - nothing explodes and there's no superheroes, but if you're prepared for that, then it's ok.

My wife read the review and friends had commented that the movie is very uplifting and you leave the theatre feeling motivated. I'm good with that.

Now, be warned guys, it's a cooking movie. Lots of cooking. Julia Child is famous for french cooking, even though she isn't french. That's part of the fun. Meryl Streep plays the role. She's fabulous in character but the character's voice is very very annoying.

The other main character wants to follow in her footsteps, "Julie" works in a boring job in a desk cubical and after work she runs home and cooks up another recipe from Julia's cook book. She does it everyday for a year and writes a blog about her activity, almost like a salute to her mentor whom she's never met.

Two bad things - spoiling ending - please note.

At the climax of the movie, Julia Child hears about the blog and puts down the girl who worships her. They could have left it out and the movie ending would have been positive. It wasn't an important part to the plot but to me it just sort of spoiled it all. I left feeling - "wow after all that fame and influence and mentoring, Julia Child is a cranky old jerk". Hmm.

I love movies. I love renting movies, especially movies I've already seen. But this won't be one of them. Don't waste your time. Go see "Forever Strong" instead!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the heads up- I was debating going to see this one. Now I'll choose something else!


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