Spoiler alert! This one ends with a slab of butter.
There are worse ways to go out, and Julie & Julia, if nothing else, celebrates living with butter-sauteed gusto.
At its most basic, Julie & Julia is a film about two very opposite women who both find purpose in cooking.
Julia Child (Meryl Streep) is a bulldozer — huge in size and huge in spirit. She loves her husband and her home in Paris and she absolutely loves the food.
Child's counterpart is Julie Powell (Amy Adams), petite and unsure, unhappy about her new apartment in the Bronx and beleaguered by her job and sometimes her husband. But, she does find piece of mind in cooking and in writing about cooking in a blog.
Ultimately, this one is driven by Streep’s energetic, funny performance as Child. Her turn is so all-out that it’s a little disappointing when the action turns back to Powell, who is a bit boring (and whiny) in comparison.
In fairness to Powell, she is a blogger trailblazer. I’m always happening upon foodie blogs that have adopted her cook-the-book template.
I also suspect that this Julie’s blandness is as much a mark of screenwriter/director Nora Ephron, who loves to keep things neat to ensure a happy ending — an ending with butter.
Read the Flyer’s review here.