JULIE & JULIA (Columbia, 2009) D: Nora Ephron,.
JULIE & JULIA (Columbia, 2009) D: Nora Ephron, w/ Meryl Streep, Amy Adams. Rating: NNNN DVD package: NNN Rating: NNNN
Julie & Julia plays like a good romantic comedy: light as air, visually and emotionally warm and cheerful throughout.
In 1950s Paris, diplomat’s wife Julia Child masters the art of French cooking, then spends the next several years writing a cookbook with friends and finding a publisher. In 2002 New York, Julie Powell, a young woman in need of a project, decides to cook every recipe in Child’s book in one year – 524 recipes in 365 days – and blog about it.
Writer-director Nora Ephron cuts deftly between these two slender stories to evoke the parallels in the women’s lives and provide a sense of forward motion. As Child, Meryl Streep flaps her arms and brays like Cruella de Vil’s nicer twin, while Amy Adams as Powell goes for more restrained enthusiasm. They’re both quite funny.
Ephron’s commentary and the making-of doc are light fun.
EXTRAS Director commentary, making-of doc. Widescreen. English, French audio and subtitles.