A friend and I went out to see the movie 'Julia and Julia'...and we both loved it! I've read some of the reviews, but I'm no film critic, so I don't care if the segues were choppy.
Here's the rundown, the things that make this movie fantastic.
1) It celebrates marriage and portrays men as intelligent, sympathetic, supportive, and all-around nice. No Simpson-esque stereotypes here!
2) The food. The glorious food! Imagine seeing a delicious beouf bourguignon on a huge screen...of course, you have to go through the agony of the horribly destroyed, burnt-to-a-sticky-mess beouf bourguignon first, but it's worth it!
3) The humour. I don't want to give anything away, but there are a lot of good lines!
4) The actors. Or more specifically, the actor. Not to detract from any of the other performances, but it goes without saying that Meryl Streep is une actrice par excellence. She is Julia Child. But not in a creepy way.
5) The food. Have you ever seen a de-boned duck emerging from the oven all cosily wrapped up in pastry?
6) The scenery. I don't know where the film was shot, but it's set in Paris. Need I say more?
7) The food! And all the gadgets required to Master the Art of French Cooking. Those gorgeous copper pots and pans. The rolling pins. The mortar and pestle. I freely admit to being vastly envious, but it was a treat just to see all those things in one place. Stores down here don't sell tart pans with removable bottoms, never mind aspic molds.
So, as you might have discerned by now, I really enjoyed the movie! This is what I call entertainment: a subject I'm interested in, fabulous actors, a pretty set, a lovely ending...I had a smile plastered on my face almost the entire time. Totally worth the $7 or so it cost to get in!