Film Review: JULIE & JULIA

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Amy Adams as “Julie Powell” engages in idol worship.  Photo Credit: Jonathan Wenk

Blogger Julie Powell had a lot of hard days and long weeks in 2001.  In her book Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, she tells us she worked in a cubicle in an office overlooking Ground Zero, and the 9/11 tragedy was an omnipresent fact of her life.  But instead of wallowing, she decided to sit herself down at the feet of a master and study her way up from horror to happiness.  Her text was Mastering the Art of French Cooking by the incomparable Julia Child. Nora Ephron’s adaptation Julie & Julia keeps its focus on Julie Powell (played by a physically subdued but emotionally vibrant Amy Adams), and Meryl Streep contributes a fabulous supporting performance, not as “the real” Julia Child, but as the Julia Child who lives in Julie Powell’s head.  Ephron has created a loving tribute to teachers (and students) everywhere, and a terrific film for everyone—women and men alike.

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