Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Film review: Julie & Julia

Sony have sent me a film that I actually asked for.  I saw this on their list of future releases and knew I wanted to watch it, so they kindly sent it to me for a pre-release review.

Julie & Julia tells the true story of a dissatisfied writer Julie Powell (Amy Adams) who decides to cook and blog her way through Julia Child’s book Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which launched Child’s (Meryl Streep) career in America.  Setting herself a deadline Julie sets about cooking every recipe in Child's book: in total 524 recipes in 365 days.

I have to confess that until recently I'd never heard of Julia Child, but I imagine her to be an American version of our own Fanny Craddock. Anyone but me remember her?  Some of the grainy black and white TV clips featured in the film are reminiscent of Fanny's (did I really write that?)  Although come to think of it, Fanny was more of a TV star rather than the writer of a seminal cookbook, so perhaps not. Ironically, I only learned of Child when I read an article, a while back in my pre-blogging days, about Julie Powell the blogger featured in the film.

I really enjoyed this film.  If you're looking for a funny, enjoyable film with lots of food and blogging references, well, this is ideal.  I even liked Meryl Streep in it.  I usually find her a bit too actressy....not even sure if that's a real word, but you know what I mean...you can usually see her acting. But in this, she is very good as is Amy Adams who I think is a very likeable actress. 

Of course, one of the attractions of the film is that it's about blogging. At one point Julie says "that's what blogging is all about:  me, me, me, everyday!"  Sounds familiar. And of course the beauty of the internet is such that as soon as the film finished I logged on and was able to look at the original blog itself.   Now, where's my Domestic Goddess cookbook....

Recommended.




Julie & Julia is released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on 8th March 2010 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Image and trailer supplied by Sony.