A feast literally and figuratively. Aug 16, 2010
This film is the entwining stories of two women who strengthen their creative forces through cooking, but not just cooking, more gourmand delights. They are separated by over fifty years and the advance of technology. In 1948, Julia Child accompanies her husband (Stanley Tucci) to Paris for four years, takes a Cordon Bleu course, and with a friend, writes a book which becomes the bible of the aspiring American housewife.
Julie Powell (Amy Adams), young wife and working girl, is so admiring of Julia Child that she decides to go through the whole 524 recipes in one year, and begins a blog writing down her experiences, her struggles, her successes. The plot moves quite nicely between the two women, one creating and publishing a cooking encyclopaedia almost, and the other using the net to publish her own year of cooking. The sets and music are superb, with the costumes taking us back to that more correct way of dressing that was the 1950s: hats galore, chic suits and high, high heels. A delight for the senses, the film rushes by almost too fast.
I gather Meryl Streep's performance is 'spot on' as the exuberant, eccentric and charismatic Julia, although it sometimes takes a moment or two to meet the challenge of the variation from the more moderated Julie. But the film is a feast.