Review: Julie and Julia

Ever since I saw The Hundred-Foot Journey the other day I’ve been looking for more food films to watch. I came across Julie & Julia. I’ve forgotten about this movie. I remember seeing a trailer of it a while back and I’m so glad I found it again. This movie makes me super jealous of those who can cook. But then again, I’ve never really tried that hard. I’ve cooked several things here and there but I’ve never experimented and made something amazing. I’ve learned how to cook from my mom and helped her cook when I was younger. She’s a wonderful cook and I want to be myself. I just have to find the motivation to do it.

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This movie is based on two true stories that don’t quite seem to connect but you notice that they do later on in the movie. Julie is married and has a full time job as a customer service rep. She is completely bored from her job and it’s no longer fulfilling for her. Her job makes her miserable. Julia (as we know is Julia Child) is living a France with her husband who is a diplomat. Julie and Julia live such different lives. Julia is living this carefree life in France. She’s not working and she is trying to find ways to fill her time. She wants to do something with her life so she decides to take culinary classes. Later on in the movie she meets two cooks and they collaborate on a cooking book together. Julie wants to set up goals in her life to make herself feel fulfilled so she starts a blog in which she embarks on the humongous task of cooking through Julia Child’s cookbook in 365 days.

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Both of these women are passionate about food. Julia worked hard to learn how to cook and get through her cooking classes. Julie is a great cook but she stressed herself out too much on her blog and she ended up alienating her husband. There is a point in the movie where Julia Child’s agent (or someone who works with or for her) calls Julie and tells her that she was not “…respectful or serious…” with what she is doing with her blog. Julie, of course, is very upset with this comment as she adores and maybe even worships Julia Child. I somewhat understand where Julia is coming from because from an outsider’s point of view it looks like she is just using Julia Child’s recipes as a chance for popularity. But what Julia doesn’t understand is that Julie is using these 365 days to learn and grow as a cook. She wants to see what she is capable of. She is challenging herself and discovering how far she can go.

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This movie was interesting in that it motivates you to excel at what you love. It’s inspiring. If you haven’t seen this, you can see this on Amazon video. Let me know what you think of the film in the comments 🙂

Audience: PG-13
Satisfaction factor: 9
Acting: 9
Story: 10
Direction: 9
Would I recommend: Yes

*Note: Based on a scale from 1 to 10. 1 being the worst and 10 being the best you could get in a category.

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