Indulgent, but Streep is superb
Foodie movie will make your stomach growl with hunger
delightful memoir of the early years in her ideal marriage to Paul Child.
True, the movie shows that Paul – played with modest selfeffacement by Stanley Tucci against Streep’s larger-than-life Julia – encourages his beloved wife’s every experiment in the kitchen and the writing of her seminal book. But by contrasting that memoir with Powell’s, the movie somewhat distorts the life the Childs share.
Streep delivers yet another uncanny impersonation, getting every shade of the famously hearty voice and extravagant personality that was Julia.
Adams’ Julie is more of a lost soul. She lives with a “saint,” as she often calls her husband, Eric (Chris Messina), in an iffy apartment above a pizza parlour. She works as a secretary in a federal government office.
Julie & Julia is a mixed blessing. You enjoy vicariously many dishes, sample the good life in France and get treated to another Streep marvel. Stephen Goldblatt’s lush cinematography and Alexandre Desplat’s whimsical score make the film’s two worlds inviting. Both female protagonists even enjoy a final triumph, but one indulges far too much in Bridget Jones-like self-obsession. – The Hollywood Reporter