September 25, 2009

Movie Review: Julie & Julia – Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, & Chris Messina

julie_and_julia_ver2_xlgDo you like to cook?  So do Julie Powell (Amy Adams) and Julia Child (Meryl Streep).  Julie & Julia is “based on two true stories” and follows the lives of two women who as Julia Child “love to eat”.  In parallel it follows the lives of Julia Child who is forced to find something to do while her diplomat husband is posted in Paris and Julie Powell who is a cubicle dwelling phone operator in New York who by day answers phone calls in the aftermath of 9/11 that feels her life is going nowhere and she needs to do something to add meaning.  As part of following the two women and their adventures the movie chronicles the lives shared with their husbands and really shows a parallel between the husbands as well played by Stanley Tucci & Chris Messina.

There are several laugh out loud moments in this movie which was exactly what my wife and I needed as we watched it.  One of the best things about the movie for me was the interaction with the husbands and how they were just great guys.  In this movie they also explore the inevitable “make it or break it point” that comes with doing anything of value and how anything worth doing is worth pushing through that point and persevering.

Grade: B+

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2 Comments on “Movie Review: Julie & Julia – Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, & Chris Messina

jamie d
September 25, 2009 at 9:15 am

Amy Adams is becoming one of my favorite actresses. Check out “Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day”, “Junebug”, and “Catch Me If You Can”. Adams has a supporting role in all 3 of these films. Thanks to her talent, her character is the most memorablein these films.

Jeff Miles
September 25, 2009 at 9:28 am

@Jamie I saw those on her IMDB list as I was putting together her list and thought they would be good to check out. Thanks for the recommendation.

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