Movie Review: Julie & Julia

I got to see the new movie, Julie & Julia, over the weekend. While I enjoyed the film, I can't say I loved it.

What I loved: Meryl Streep's brilliant performance as Julia Child. Stanley Tucci as Julia's husband, Paul Child. Getting to watch the story of Julia Child on the big screen — all the challenges she had and how bravely she faced them. The food. All the talk of food. And all the fabulous outfits and settings. Such fun!

What I didn't love: The whole Julie Powell storyline.

Julie Powell was the blogger who, in 2002, decided to cook all 524 recipes in Julia's classic cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking in just 365 days. She wrote about it on her blog, which was later turned into a book.

Honestly, if I could have just watched the Julia Child story, it would have been a much better movie.

Why? Not because Amy Adams wasn't good. I thought she did a fine job. She's no Meryl Streep (alas, who is?), but she was great in her role.

Food critic, Russ Parsons of the LA Times summed it up best about when he wrote about Amy Adams ability to make us like Julie Powell's character, “That likability is no small trick when playing a character whose main literary attribute was pretty much one endless whine.”

Russ Parsons was the reporter who, in real life, sent a printed copy of Julie Powell's blog, “The Julie/Julia Project” to Julia Child before she died. There's a scene in the movie where Julie Powell gets a call from a reporter letting her know what Julia Child thought of her blog. Julia was not impressed.

Russ Parsons shared Julia's reaction in his article in the LA Times this week:

There was a silence as she gathered her thoughts. Then in that familiar reedy voice she nailed the answer: “Well,” she said, “she just doesn't seem very serious, does she?

“I worked very hard on that book. I tested and retested those recipes for eight years so that everybody could cook them. And many, many people have. I don't understand how she could have problems with them. She just must not be much of a cook.”

Julia spent an entire decade of her life learning to cook, testing recipes, and writing and rewriting what would become a bestselling classic, and she was subjected to harsh criticism and rejection the entire time. She didn't have adoring fans writing comments on a blog. She didn't have famous reporters calling her for interviews. She didn't have anyone offering to make her life into a movie.

But Julia Powell, after less than a year of cooking Julia's recipes and writing about it, had all of the above.

Why? Blogging was a brand new medium in 2002. Julie Powell happened to be an early adopter. She was part of a revolution in media. So she got a lot of attention in a short period of time. Her blog and her book were entertaining — but not groundbreaking. It was the medium that was groundbreaking — not Julie Powell's work.

Julia Child was not just part of a revolution. She created a revolution. If it weren't for Julia Child, I wonder if we would have had the culinary revolution we have seen in this country (and other countries) over the past few decades. Julia inspired so many people — Chef Alice Waters, Martha Stewart, and generations of countless chefs and foodies — to learn to love food and cooking and to take it seriously.

What Julia Child did for the world of cooking and eating is monumental. She saved food from its near demise amidst the takeover of modern convenience food: TV dinners, boxed cereal, cake mix. She reminded people of how important food is, how lovely it is to cook and eat, and how vital it is to community and to life.

When we were watching Julie & Julia, my husband and I rolled our eyes and sighed every time Amy Adams as Julie Powell whined and cried and fell on the floor. He did his impression of Livy Soprano, “Oh, poor you!”

Compare this to Meryl Streep as Julia Child, upon finding out that the book she spent almost a decade writing had been rejected by the publisher. Her reaction: “Eight years of my life. It just turned out to be something to do, so I wouldn't have nothing to do. Oh, well. Boo-hoo. Now what?”

After the movie, my husband asked, “How come it isn't called “Julia & Julie” instead of “Julie & Julia”? I think he was trying to say that Julia Child is so much more important than some blogger named Julie. I agree.

But I guess that's the point. Julie Powell, in the book (which I read) and the movie, seemed totally self-absorbed and histrionic, literally throwing herself on the floor when something flopped in the kitchen.

I'm no chef, but having written a cookbook, working on another, and keeping up this blog, I do a heck of a lot of cooking and recipe testing. And it ain't always easy. Although I've never flung myself on the floor, I do my share of screaming and cursing. But isn't that true of many chefs? Gordon Ramsay and Martha Stewart are known, respectively, for their cursing and bitchiness. (I have a friend who used to be a chef in New York City. I worked with him at an interactive advertising firm. He said, “My job is a lot like my old job as a chef. I just yell a lot less.”)

Don't get me wrong — I'm not denigrating Julie Powell. I'm grateful that she did what she did by blogging about Julia Child. I'm glad she put the spotlight back on Julia, and glad this movie was made.

But I wonder… if she hadn't blogged and hogged the spotlight, perhaps a more serious film would have resulted. Instead of flavor of the week, Julie Powell, getting a book and movie deal, maybe we would have seen a better movie come out — one based solely on Julia's memoir, My Life in France. That book was published a few years after Julia Child's passing in 2004. Well after Julie Powell had inked her book deal and, I'm sure, optioned the movie.

If only I had been able to enjoy a full two hours of Meryl Streep as Julia Child. I wanted to know more about what she went through, see more of her relationship with her husband Paul, hear more of her delightful sense of humor. I wanted to watch what happened when she got the PBS deal and find out what it was like to do a cooking show. I wanted so much more.

Julie Powell? Not so much.

Read Russ Parsons' article in the LA Times to read they whole story about what Julia Child said and his thoughts.

Photo credit: Sony Pictures; Paul Child/Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

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34 thoughts on “Movie Review: Julie & Julia

  1. Amen. My thoughts exactly. I loved every second of Julia Child’s story, and was also wishing there was more! With all the remakes Hollywood does (do we really need another Incredible Hulk?), maybe someone will do an entire Julia Child movie for us :).

    A girl can dream…

  2. I thought this may be the case from the previews…I couldn’t figure out how they went together, like some movie about parallel lives that did not go together. Now I understand what was going on, by reading your review…I think i will wait to get it on Netflix!

  3. Wow, AnnMarie, your review was wonderful. If you ever decide you’re tired of blogging – you probably have a career as a movie reviewer waiting for you!! You have opened up an entirely new world of Julia Child for me … I watched her on PBS and never really “got it” — but looking at her through your eyes gives me an new perspective of who she was (other than some gangly, klutzy, weird-talking lady). Thanks so much for sharing “your” Julia with me and introducing her as someone with a passion for food, a delightful sense of humor and a zest for life. I can’t wait to see the movie.

  4. Haven’t seen the movie yet. As I told a friend yesterday, I really only want to go to see Streep’s performance and Julia’s story.

    It’s funny! Les Paul, who was one of my hero’s, passed away last week. At the Hollywood Market yesterday, I found out his star was right around the corner. I was talking with customers who I figured were interested in knowing this. One said, ‘It’s odd, Michael Jackson’s is right above his. What a juxtaposition!” It turns out the star belonged to the Michael Jackson who is an L.A. radio personality and not the performer. But his point was well made. Here was a musician, inventor and visionary who literally made rock and roll possible, lived a full life and performed until the day he died. If you look at the YouTube video of he and his wife performing in the fifties, there is a lack of theatricality and an abundance of purity, wit and love of craft. Minimal drama and a lot of heart!

    He left his mark and moved on quietly. And yes, the world’s a better place for it.

    Here’s to the visionaries!

  5. Ann-Marie,
    My sentiments exactly! I took my husband to this movie and we both came out wanting more ‘Julia’! In the movie (and book) Julie Powell bemoans the fact that Julia wasn’t very pleased with her project and wonders if it was because she used the ‘F’ word too much. Well, of course! You have to earn the right to wear the pearls!! My mother was a food editor for many years and had the opportunity to interview Julia Child who she always described as graceful, well spoken and distinguished in every way possible.
    I’m currently guest blogging on zacharyadamcohen.com/farmtotable/
    Check out my attempts at reproducing some recipes that are 80-100 years old! I would value your opinion.
    Roberta Rosa
    twitter: @Roberta87

  6. Wow, I guess I hadn’t looked at the movie the same way you did. I really enjoyed it, both parts of it. While I agree, I would LOVE to have seen an entire movie about Julia’s life, I think that the Julie Powell character is a common conception of how people feel today. It’s not how I feel mind you, πŸ™‚ but I think many people feel in a rut and desperate for something or someone to save them. For Julie, that person was Julia. I loved the movie and thought the scenes that you describe as whiney were rather funny πŸ™‚ As for the part where she receives the call from that reporter, that was the only part in the movie I was disappointed in. Not because of Julia’s reaction to Julie’s blog, but rather the fact that they didn’t really explain what Julia meant by it. So I am glad you posted the link, I will go read the article now. Thanks for the great review! πŸ™‚

  7. Yes, Julie Powell rode the wave of a new medium and that in itself probably had more to do with her popularity than her personality or writing skill. Yes, she was (mostly) portrayed as a whiny brat. Many of us in post-Depression America are whiny brats, never having lived through truly life-threatening tough times. When one’s iPhone malfunctions we think life sucks. HA!

    Julia Child had strength to draw on: of a young life not without adversity, an adult life of government service (that’ll make you or break you, for sure), and a committed, deeply loving husband. She also had the luxury of learning to cook from experts who were trained to teach, in a country that loves food, as a full-time “hobby.” Compared to someone living and working full-time in post-9/11 downtown New York trying to teach themselves to cook in a postage-stamp sized kitchen from a book, perhaps Julia had more benefits than simply good attitude.

    I think it is much more likely that My Life in France will be screenwritten because of Julie and Julia. I am thrilled the movie was made because so many of my generation consider Julia Child just another SNL joke, which she most certainly was not. Mastering the Art of French Cooking is #1 in sales at Amazon.com. That in itself is a wonder and a joy.

    I enjoyed the movie, but saw in Julie a great opportunity for maturation. Epic undertakings like hers mature us in ways we never expect. I hope young people see this opportunity and are inspired to challenge themselves to do the difficult.

  8. It is true that Julie and Julia cannot be compared in terms of their contribution to the world of food and cooking. However, given the hectic, working class lifestyle of Julie, I was pleased that she “took on” Julia and didn’t succomb to an unhealthy fast food diet. Her eyes and world were opened by Julia. I think the message is that Julia Child gave and continues to give all of us accessibility to the “good life” no matter what social economic status we find ourselves in. Perhaps Julie can give hope and inspiration to those who find themselves desperate in their jobs, living situations, and looking for a better life.

  9. Just read Russ’s article. And WOW love your comment Local Nourishment, you said it so well πŸ™‚ I personally didn’t find Julie Powell (in the movie) whiney, but I knew absolutely nothing of her blog or book, and I also didn’t know a whole lot about Julia Child (except memories of my father watching her on TV). I can definitely understand this review, especially if her book was one big whine. But as an outsider going in with no knowledge of either person (albeit small bits of Julia), I found it to be a wonderful movie, one I would recommend. πŸ™‚

  10. Your review gets 2 stars. You were much too critical. It is apparent that all you
    wanted was to be entertained by the life of Julia Child. That’s not the story here.

    It’s about Julie and Julia. About how Julia Child made an impact on Julie Powell’s life. If it wasn’t for Julie Powell being so taken by Julia Child, her experience never would have occurred. And out of her creative experience, came the book and eventually the movie. Let’s honor that.

    I agree with Local Nourishment’s assessment.

    If you want to see more about the life of Julia Child, here’s your opportunity
    to write the screenplay.

    Bon Appetite!

  11. Haven’t seen the movie yet, actually can’t wait. Your review was wonderful! Makes me want to see it even more, just to see what all the fuss is about. My parents just saw it last week then came home to check out Julie’s blog. They aren’t really foodies, and were very unimpressed by her attitude and arrogance. Maybe the interest in this movie will spawn a movie just about Julia. That would make it all worth it!

  12. Wow, thank goodness I’m not the only one! I loved the Julia Child story, and Meryl Streep as well. Bored by Julie Powell story. What I have to give Powell credit for is getting Julia Child’s story on the big screen, even if she did have to share it with another story line…

    But then, I felt the same way about the book.

    Nice review too! Thanks!

  13. Ohmigosh, I loved this movie! I loved both parts of it and I loved reading both books on which the movie is based. I have read a lot of the reviews and I have to say that many of them have left me scratching my head in bewilderment. I just don’t get all the whining about Julie’s supposed whining ;)) I honestly didn’t perceive her that way at all either in the movie or in the book. As another commenter said, I too thought these parts were funny and made her seem real. Quite obviously these are two very different women from two very different generations and times in life and history. Julia of course is an American icon and Julie is nothing of the sort, but it was so amazing how they were brought together by one really brilliant idea – Julie’s MTAOFC blog. I am impressed that she actually had the tenacity to pull it off in the time frame she set for herself.

    Besides that what interested me the most about the book/movie was Julie’s motivation – what she hoped to accomplish by doing this blog project. What came across really well was that she was in transition, she was in an unhappy period of her life and felt unfulfilled. Looking outside herself she saw Julia Child and felt that Julia embodied the secret of happiness and fulfillment. She hoped that she could connect with Julia and capture some of her passion and zest for living through her cooking. This in itself is the true testament to Julia Child….. that she can inspire this, that she can model this for others. And the twist happened in the end when Julia totally dissed and refused to acknowledge her. So Julie was forced to realize that happiness, passion and fulfillment cannot be obtained by living vicariously or through anothers approval or disapproval. It was this whole process that I personally found so relative and remarkable about Julie’s story, but that’s just me :))))

    Maybe some day in the future someone will make another movie just about Julia, and I would be as thrilled to see them as I was with seeing this movie.

  14. I picked up the book from our library some time ago, because I thought it was such a great idea. I couldn’t get past the second chapter. Her hystrionics, crassness, just drove me over the edge. I might get this movie from the library to watch the Julia parts, but I won’t be seeing it in the theater.

  15. I found them equally interesting as representatives of their respective generations and cultural standards. One can only hope that moderns, more prone to entitlement and quick-fixes, who probably won’t be inspired by Julia, will find something intriguing in Julie Powell’s attempts to cook real food and be inspired to ditch the cans, boxes and frozen meals, giving it a whirl themselves. Was Powell ever likable beyond just a rather shallow, surface level? Certainly not the fault of Amy Adams who risked quite a bit if she added more personality than she did – she wouldn’t have been playing Powell……

    Julia IRL had character, depth, conviction, passion, complexity. Julie…….flat.

  16. I loved the story of Julie AND Julia–and I disagree, Julie’s story was just as interesting. It was the contrast of their two lives that was really the life of the story. And, how Nora Ephron wove them together made it always surprising.

    And, I could see myself throwing myself on the floor in tears if I had tried to do what Julie did. To make all those recipes after working a full day, AND blogging about it, too. Day after day for a year. Quite a feat.

    Plus all the humor was on the Julie side of the story.

    Actors sometimes make physical choices like throwing themselves on the floor to develop a character, not having read the book, I don’t know if it actually happened.

    Let’s be happy for Julie’s success!

  17. I haven’t even seen the movie yet, but that’s the first thing I thought of when I saw the preview! “Aww… can’t we just have a movie about Julia Child? (Played by Meryl Streep, of course)?”

    Thanks for the review!

  18. Here is my review of the movie for what it is worth. Hey Cheeseslave, no more comment luv??

    https://hartkeisonline.com/2009/08/09/julie-julia-blogger-flick-sure-to-be-a-hit/

  19. I went to see the movie Saturday. I told Jon it would have been even better if it had just been based on “My Life in France” without the blogging and current storyline at all. Amy Adams made Julie look much better than she portrayed herself in her book. However, bringing the book into current time did help emphasize the fact that the book is timeless. So yesterday I made Julia’s roast chicken, creamed baked cucumbers, and boeuf Bourginonne! If Julie can do it, then so can I. I’m thrilled with all the new emphasis on cooking at home.

  20. On an entirely other comment note, I’m curious about the cookbook you’ve written – that you mention in your post. Is it published? I would be interested in getting it if it is πŸ™‚

  21. Thanks for the great review of the movie. I’ve been dying to watch it. And honestly now I want to watch it even more, because to be honest, I was more interested in Julia Childs part of the story in the first place.

  22. Did you happen to catch the Charlie Rose interview with Meryl Streep and Nora Ephron? There was an interesting moment when Charlie asked Meryl what she thought of Julia and she told her experience around 1990 when she and Alice Waters were working to get organic produce into grocery stores, they tried to enlist Julia and she sent them back a snippy note telling them she was not interested. Very disappointing.

    I found the movie to be inspiring and almost 2 romance stories that revolved around food. Julia and Paul were an inspirational couple, Julie and her husband, were fine, her husband put up with too much and I understand his need for space.

    Did you see the Nightline interview with Julie? She had an affair a few years after she finished the Julia project. This news really bums me out. She writes about it in her new book.

  23. I liked the movie, LOVED the Julia Child half, and was humbled by the Julie Powell half. The Julie Powell part was a good reminder that family (and real life) is more important than food blogging. I was also reminded to not take myself seriously, because she came off so completely self absorbed.

    The Julia Child half reminded me to set my goals high and not get discouraged. She was truly an inspiration.

    I would love to see an entire movie dedicated to JC.

  24. I appreciate everyone’s opinions and thoughts.

    One thing I kept thinking about…

    Julie Powell did what she did for herself. It was a challenge to see if she could complete something. She was also trying to get a book contract. She was doing it for personal reasons — not for anyone else.

    Nothing wrong with that… but it’s just not a very big story. There are lots of people out there who are just out for themselves. Trying to find themselves, trying to make money, trying to get some need they have satisfied.

    To me, the bigger story is someone who is doing something for OTHERS. Someone who puts their own needs aside to pursue something that will help people. I really think Julia Child was driven by passion first and foremost — by her love of food and cooking.

    But it was more than that, I think. I think she really wanted to help women in America learn to cook this marvelous food she had eaten and enjoyed and learned to cook in France.

    I look at someone like Julia Child, or Sally Fallon, Martha Stewart, or Alice Waters. They seem to be motivated not only by their passion, but also by their desire to make the world a better place. They truly want to help others. Even if what they are doing is just helping others enjoy food more and sharing that with friends and families. It may not seem like much — but it does make such a huge impact on our lives.

    Julie Powell on the other hand, was not working to make anyone else’s life better except her own. Again, I have no qualms with that. I think most of us women should be more selfish and spend more time thinking about our own needs. We’re always so busy caring for others, we don’t think much about what we want. So there is nothing wrong with that.

    But it doesn’t make a very good story. It doesn’t make for a GREAT story that captures your attention.

    Most great stories are about people who contribute something to a larger community. In other words, if I wrote a novel about a woman who spends her life looking for the perfect shoes — that’s not really very interesting. But if she is trying to help poor women get shoes — there’s more potential there.

    One other thing I thought of… try to imagine just watching the Julie story on its own, without the Julia part. Yawn. I really believe a movie — or any story — needs to be strong throughout. When I took screenwriting and novel writing classes at UCLA, one of the things they taught us was that every act, every scene, and every line needs to be strong on its own. If you have weak acts, or weak scenes, or weak lines, they detract from the whole.

    There’s an adage they always teach in writing classes. “Kill your darlings.” I think it was from William Faulkner. Anyway, it means cut all the dreck from your writing. Because everything that doesn’t make it stronger, makes it weaker.

  25. Positioned & Local Nourishment –

    Sadly, I think it is very unlikely that My Life In France will be made into a movie. Even if the movie, Julie & Julia, does great box office, the story of Julia Child doesn’t have that kind of “legs”. At least, not to be made twice.

    And, even if My Life In France were made into a movie, it would not have Meryl Streep in it. I sincerely doubt she would do another Julia Child movie. It just wouldn’t happen. I can’t see Meryl Streep agreeing to play Julia Child twice. The B.O. would have to be HUGE for her to do that.

    And it was Meryl Streep playing Julia that made the magic in this movie. I’m sad it got wasted. At least I got to enjoy the bits that were there — I just wish I could have seen more of them.

    I think it’s a shame that Hollywood chose to do this movie instead of making the Oscar-worthy biopic (starring Meryl Streep, of course) that could have been made about Julia Child. Instead, we got Julie & Julia.

    And positioned, thanks but I have absolutely zero interest in becoming a screenwriter. I have other things I want to do with my life. And even if I did feel it was my mission to write that screenplay, that movie would not be made.

  26. Kimberly –

    I agree, actors make choices and I, too, laughed when Amy Adams fell on the floor and turned Julie Powell’s self-important, self-absorbed moment into something hilarious.

    And while it may be true that all the humor was on the Julie side of the story, that was another way they wronged Julia and this film in my mind. Julia Child was so funny! She was not only witty, but she engaged in quite a bit of physical comedy on her show (I’ve seen all the episodes).

    I remember the show where she said, “If you’re afraid there’s too much butter in this recipe, don’t worry — you can just use cream.” Or the episodes where she’s literally hacking huge hunks of animal carcasses with cleavers.

    If only they had included moments like those.

    But of course, they could only use half of the movie for Julia since the rest was devoted to Julie. Which I think they could have done without.

  27. Just saw it, and I agree with you on all counts.

    I would love to have seen more of Judith Jones, too. (Have you read her memoir? The Tenth Muse? It’s the perfect companion to My Life in France. Both of them made me ache for a time and place I’ll never see.)

    I also took umbrage with their portrayal of Jones, who deserves immense respect for, if nothing else, insisting on publishing The Diary of Anne Frank. The movie pretends that a reporter set up the dinner between Jones and Powell and that the “old woman” cruelly canceled at the last minute because of rain.

    That ain’t how it happened. Powell called Jones and asked her to come watch her cook. Jones accepted, then read some of the blog. She then un-accepted, believing Powell to be someone who didn’t really care about cooking and who was “exploiting Julia.” I’ve got a link to Jones’ audio at https://www.sustainablesuppers.com/cherrypits/.

    Aggravating.

    But I loved Meryl Streep…

  28. Julia Child is such a wonderful person, it’s hard to have anyone look good next to her story! πŸ™‚ I felt the same as you after watching the movie. I would have LOVED if the whole movie was her story, I felt like they were just giving me a taste test and I was hungry for more when the movie ended (I was so hoping that the movie would go further into her life! I was so disappointed when it ended). *sigh*

  29. I agree that some of her blog does sound like she just going threw the motions of having to do it, like shes dreading having to make more food with more butter.

    I was there for almost the beginging of her project (a month after she started, I was there) and yes she does use a lot of cuss words, but I just figuared that was her and that’s how she talked, she does live in new york you know, dont they all cuss and sware even in church?

    I mean I don’t cuss and sware when things don’t go right in the kitchen, I might if I cut myself, but then that’s different. But if I messed something up I don’t see the need to throw a fit, it doesn’t solve anything plus it wastes time when you could be doing it again. Maybe I’m one of those weird people who enjoy cooking so much that nothing fazes me when it flops, suck it up and drive on are my words of wisdom.

    by the way, just for the record I have nothing against Julie Powell, I’m happy that she got published. Just makes me mad that that’s all it took, writing a blog to get published. Stupid me for thinking you needed a good book to be published. I’ve been doing it all wrong this whole time.

  30. I really appreciated this post and comments thread. I had never read the book or seen Julie’s blog, but I had found the movie fascinating, and every now and then a bit of it will come back to me.

    There’s a small story behind how I so belatedly came across your post. I had just eaten something I’d never had before, and was surprised at how satisfying it was — I didn’t want more; I just wanted to savor what I’d just eaten. I had never had that experience before!

    Anyway, as I sat there just thinking, “Yum!,” it reminded me of a scene in the movie where Julie says, “I know you’re not supposed to say yum, but … yum!” (or words to that effect). This stream of consciousness led me to the plot twist in the movie, wondering why Julia Child would have had such disrespect for someone who came off as a lively, likeable — even somewhat naive — character in the movie. A link or two later, and here I am!

    (The Julie character provided a great counterpoint, I thought, to Meryl Streep’s Julia. Women of Julia’s day — and her social standing — were very unlike women of today, I think. We’re generally more privileged in so many ways, yet more selfish and self-indulgent, far less dignified, and a lot whinier. It’s not just Julie — it’s a pretty typical contemporary profile, I’d say.)

    I’ve really enjoyed following up on link after link, from your article as well as in the comments.

    Not only did I have a passing question answered, I was thoroughly entertained in the process! I look forward to coming back to check out what else you have to offer on this blog.

  31. I didn’t love the movie but I did really enjoy it. It inspired me to buy Julia’s cookbooks too.. which I hadn’t done.

  32. Blame Nora Ephron, not Julie Powell, for the movie. Nora could have written a movie based on Julia Child, but she chose to include Julie Powell’s story.

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