Should have just focused on Julia Child
Not an all around bad film and Meryl Streep made it watchable as Julia Child but it lacks. I feel this film should have just focused on Child's life from her days in Paris up to her TV cooking show and her life with her husband. Instead we get 2 films in one here with Amy Adams playing Julie Powell who is determined to make all 500 or so recipe's from Julie Childs famous, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," and creates a Blog to describe and track her progress.
If the film is not showing Julie Powell in the kitchen trying to make a dish from the book it flashes back to a point in Childs life. To me this is distracting. I mean who really cares about someone trying to make 500+ recipes from some famous cookbook? I would have rather see more on what lead up to Julia Childs writing it.
I know it is a true story but they could have done more of a service to Julia Child’s life if they just focused on her. I mean how many people have heard of Julie Powell? I did not before the film and I really did not care or need to know that she managed to cook 500 dishes over one year’s time. Our Indian housewives cook more than that. So what’s a big deal in that?
Rating: 2.5 / 5 (for just Julia Child aka Meryl Streep)