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Disappointed? No. Enjoyed? It was only okay.,
This review is from: Julie and Julia [DVD]  (DVD)
Hmmm, hyped films never live up to expectations do they? I read about this movie (based on the bestselling book, which I'd never heard of...) and seen the trailer - which highlights the few comical moments in the movie - so thought it was time I gave it a whirl.
Disappointed? No. Enjoyed? It was okay. A couple of scenes made me chuckle but on the whole, I wish the movie had been based solely on Julia Childs rather than the unlikeable Julie Powell. Childs is clearly a far more interesting character, who lead a challenging, sometime sad, but ultimately spirited life. Whereas Powell's desperate attempts to inject some focus in to her life (at the expense of friendships, her marriage and any awareness of life around her) was frustrating at best. I cannot imagine reading anything more dreary that her blog, about attempting to cook recipes decades old while she allows the rest of her life to fall apart.
It was interesting that the film highlighted how Childs showed no enthusiasm or encouragement for Powell's attempts to emulate her, no doubt because Childs had maintained a better work/ life/ love balance and despite an enthusiasm and dogged determination to get her cookbook published did not let the rest of her life slide. Is Powell an inspiration? No. Is Childs? Yes. And that's why the films slant should have been different.
The cooking element of the film is fun; the scenes in Paris wonderfully created (capturing the era) and Meryl Streep, as always, a joy to watch. I'd probably recommend the film, but certainly clarify it's a wet-Sunday afternoon watch rather than a great movie night in.