Julie & Julia is a film based on two books: My Life in France by the famous Julia Child, and Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell, both true stories. It’s not a very recent film (it came out in 2009), but I recently rewatched it and decided to write a blogpost about it.
The film depicts the life of Julia (Meryl Streep) in the 1950s, after she’s moved to France with her husband Paul (Stanley Tucci), and there discovers her passion for cooking. It also shows us Julie’s (Amy Adams) life in 2002. She works for a corporation that wants to rebuild the World Trade Center, and has to answer calls from (families of) victims of 9/11 attacks. To distract herself from this job, she decides to cook every single one of the 524 recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking within one year, and to blog about the experience every day. She soon becomes rather obsessed with both her project and Julia and her life, and feels as if there exists some sort of connection between the two of them.
There is something about this film that gets me every time I watch it. Part of it is the wonderfulness that is Meryl Streep, of course. The way she plays Julia Child is just so beautiful! She portrays this carelessness and a determination to always believe in the good in people, and she simply radiates happiness, which makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Meryl Streep has this way of becoming a character which is just amazing. The character of Julie was a lot more infuriating to watch at times. She gets so completely immersed in her project that she sometimes tends to forget the things (and people) around her, which can be frustrating to watch.
However, Julie is the mean reason why I love this film so much. I always feel so inspired after watching it! The first time I watched Julie & Julia was years before I started writing this blog, but I always felt this itch to start a project similar to the one Julie embarked on. Something to do with blogging and cooking. I never did, but the feeling I got from watching this film was always a positive one, it provided me with a spark to do something, and that motivated me. When I watched it again a few weeks ago, I got an even better feeling, because this time I could actually say I started my own little project: I started blogging, and I’ve been doing so for almost a year now!
If you love food, want to feel inspired or just want to watch a wonderful feel good film, try Julie & Julia. You won’t regret it! (I hope).