I finally saw the movie Julie and Julia on Saturday and, no surprise here, I LOVED IT. To be honest, I really don’t know anything about Julia Child, but I loved loved loved how the movie was so cheerful and fun and uplifting. It perfectly captured the the joy of cooking (no pun intended) and how the act of preparing a meal with love and dedication can actually be food for your soul. I think Amy Adams was superb – she was poignant and likeable and vulnerable and strong all at the same time. And Meryl Streep – my adoration for her was cemented by The Devil Wears Prada – she was just soooo entertaining and zesty and really a joy to watch.
One of the most memorable lines in the movie for me was when Julie was talking about how Julia saved her: “I was drowning and she pulled me out of the ocean.” Sometimes I feel like I am drowning too, and I can relate to having a passion, a goal, a love, to pull me out and get me through (I can also relate to being overly dramatic). So hooray for love, hope and inspiration!
I also think the movie wasn’t just a celebration of Julia Child and Julie Powell and the Julie/Julia Project and their passion for cooking – but it was also a nod to the men who loved them and fully supported them in their cooking endeavors. I actually thought that watching the movie would make me hungry (heehee) but it didn’t (maybe because I was digging into buttered popcorn while watching it?). Instead, by the time the movie ended, I felt more in love with the boyfriend more than ever and had this great urge to make dinner for him (using lots of butter, of course).
The Julie and Julia movie truly epitomized the feelings that cooking brings: it is fun, refreshing, satisfying, inspiring. After all,
with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.
Cheers to great food and great loves!