I enjoyed this movie. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not terribly critical when it comes to movies– I tend to kick back and enjoy.
In this case, I can’t help but compare it to the book it was based on.
The “Julia” portions were completely different from the book. The movie covered a different portion of Julia Child’s life. I think the movie version was much stronger. I really enjoyed seeing Meryl Streep as Julia Child, and watching Julia’s determination as she went through cooking school and the writing of her cookbook was just wonderful.
The “Julie” segments suffered in the same way almost every book adapted to a movie does– there is so much left out! I think the decisions made were good ones, but I missed some of the secondary characters, I missed the saga of the couch, the ongoing search for ingredients, the edge to Julie’s character, and so on.
Comparisons to the book aside, I think the Julia story told a complete and entertaining story.
I liked the interplay between the two stories, how they wove together. The Julia story really reinforced the events in Julie’s life.
I’m glad I went to see this one.