Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Julie & Julia: See it for the Paris porn and the food porn



Last night's premiere of "Julie & Julia," which opens Aug. 7, was a little disappointing: There was no party, since the "real" premiere is in N.Y. on Thursday. "We hope you'll all be really hungry by the end of the movie," said Nora Ephron before the film started, and yes, we were, but what were we supposed to do about it? It's not like we could ask other attendees like Susan Feniger and Alain Giraud to get out of their seats and whip something up for us. So instead, it was a trip to my beloved Falafel King afterwards. Oh well.
So, what about the film? It's pretty much of a mess as a movie, with an uneven screenplay, some awkward performances (particularly by blogger Julie Powell's husband) and the central problem that every other reviewer has noted -- the fact that Meryl Streep and Julia Child are a lot more interesting than a food blogger. Yes, much as it pains me to note it, watching a cute but largely unremarkable young woman type words on a screen does not a riveting movie make. So much for "EatingLA: The Movie"!
"Julie & Julia" is still worth seeing though, mainly for the scenes where Julia Child starts her cooking career at Le Cordon Bleu, shops at dead charming boulangeries, chats with Simone Beck while outfitting her copper-bottomed batterie de cuisine, perfects her mayonnaise and sports an impressive array of printed rayon shirtwaists and vintage wedgies.
So go anyway, but you'll probably want to leave the non-Julia worshippers at home.

Here's an interview with Ephron, Streep and Amy Adams from Mattbites and one from FoodGPS.
Tidbit: Ephron reads Chowhound and Serious Eats -- that's kind of cool.

8 comments:

Rachael said...

Totally agree. 100%. That she had to include the ENTIRE SNL skit to punch up Julies story kinda says it all...

Kate @ Savour Fare said...

Unsurprising really, My Life in France was a much better book than Julie & Julia.

SinoSoul said...

wow! that was a hatchet job. I LIKE!

Gweneth has cooking videos AND she reads Chowhound. Does that make her cooler than Ephron?

This entry makes is officially ok for me to continue to hate on this movie (mostly for the completely pathetic caricature of Julie)

Ellen Bloom said...

I don't care what they say...I still want to see it!! I'm going to an L.A. Magazine screening next Wednesday...can't wait.

Colleen said...

Yes, it really should have been a movie just about Julia and Paul Child. That half was a wonderful movie. The other half pales in comparison. And Amy Adams is never believable as a "bitch."

Food GPS said...

If you look at Julie & Julia as two movies, "Julia" is worth seeing. The other half wasn't nearly as interesting.

Kate said...

I agree with Food GPS -- I would be in line, cash in hand for the "Julia" half of this movie. Former OSS? Six feet tall? Learned to cook in France? Sounds awesome!

No offense to Julie Powell, but she's not really in the same class. I admit, I felt the same way about the non-VWoolf sections of "The Hours," but at least the other characters weren't based on real people.

Ultimo Franco said...

I'm impressed that you managed to use the word "porn" twice in the same post title. I've seen you use it in other titles as well. Hmmm... I wonder what that's all about?