Friday, 16 October 2009
Anyone who loves to eat, cook and blog should watch Julie & Julia. Well, I enjoyed every minute of it. Meryl Streep is simply adorable as Julia Child. She throws herself into the role wholeheartedly, she's such a joy to watch. Her humour had me roaring with laughter at times, it made me wish I could live life with such panache and passion as her.
Julie Powell, played by Amy Adams, makes me see a bit of myself as one who's always trying to find balance between cooking, work and family. I found myself gasping in the scene where she was fighting with her husband who said she had turned into a self-centered and narcissistic blogger. Woops...
I could empathise with her meltdowns as well. On days when everything falls apart, you wonder why you're punishing yourself with the regime. The scene of her sprawled on the kitchen floor, bawling her heart out was poignant. Then just as suddenly, she picked herself up and pulled herself together to answer an important phone call from an editor of a magazine. It's quite a story of my life too.
At some point, it made me go "Gee, I should have thought of that too!" You know, like how Julie started a blog that chronicles her journey as she cooks every recipe in the first cookbook Julia Child co-authored. The blog sort of helped her fulfill her dream as a writer.
In a nutshell, the movie, which focuses on food, maybe plotless but is well executed. Here, food is also a metaphor for love and passion. Both women have a supportive husband who eats everything the wife cooks with gusto. Yes, it's charming to watch. Even CH and YK enjoyed it.