It’s a bit surreal to be writing about a film about blogging through a book in a year, but that is what this magnificent film is about. Right at the start, I’m giving it a 20 out of 10 for content, poignancy, contrasts, magical moments and cooking, cooking, cooking together with love, love, love. It has been nominated for many awards, including several oscars – no wonder with the sensitive performances from all the cast but particularly from Meryl Streep and Amy Adams as the two women.
The film is based on the blog of a young American woman, Julie Powell. To add extra meaning to her life as she approaches 30 she challenges herself to cook her way through every recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking (originally published in 1962, and still available in paperback today.) Julie Powell, at her husband’s suggestion, decides to blog about her adventures. The film leaves us at the point where she is receiving countless offers to tell her story and ultimately spawns her book, Julie & Julia, my year of cooking dangerously.
To sum up, the film is 120mins of escapism, humour, tenderness and insight into the two women. They are united, even though there is 60yrs between them. I’d love to know what you think about it if you’ve seen it. I suspect that it is a film you either love or hate. Only problem? HBTW is wandering around muttering Butter, butter, butter under his breath. Treat? Here is the youtube trailer.