Julie and Julia
Nora Ephron’s love affair with cookery initially surfaced in Mike Nichols’ 1986 comedy Heartburn, with Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson starring in Ephron’s adaptation of her recipe book of the same name. Now Ephron and Streep have returned with another foodie picture, this one featuring Streep continuing her run of larger-than-life characters, as eccentric US TV chef Julia Child.
More in the schoolmistress vein of our very own Fanny Craddock than Nigella Lawson, Julia Child’s painfully strangulated vowels and hard-to-follow recipes have made her a television and publishing phenomenon. Ephron’s film balances Child’s awkward start in the cookery business in France with a parallel, modern narrative in which Enchanted’s Amy Adams plays Julie Powell, a ditzy, self-important blogger who sets out to cook every one of the recipes set out in Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
As seen in her previous directorial efforts Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail, Ephron is an accomplished purveyor of light-as-a-soufflé filmmaking, and, powered by Steep’s winning portrayal as the earthy but sophisticated Child, plus some agile support from Jane Lynch as Child’s sister Dorothy, Julie & Julia succeeds as a classy chick flick performed in the best possible taste.
General release from Fri 11 Sep.