Posted by: Admin | January 13, 2011

The film of the blog of the food

I was talking to a lovely 50-something the other day about project50 and she rushed off to find me a DVD. “You must watch this,” she told me, thrusting it into my hands – “it’s about a woman who wrote a blog.” The film was Julie & Julia which was released in the summer of 2009. Starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep, it tells the story of American Cookery Legend, Julia Childs, and a secretary called Julia who decides to cook her way through the legendary cookbook in the course of a year.

As I watched the film with my long-suffering husband, I came across some uncomfortable parallels. It’s not easy watching someone unravel on screen because she’s bitten off more than she can chew (in Julie’s case, quite literally!). It was like looking in a mirror at my pre-Christmas, frazzled self. (My post-Christmas one is far more laid back due, in part, to speanding time with my grandsons, plus counting my children in, checking their physical and mental health, deciding they were okay, then counting them all out again. That last bit is key.)

The film is a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours, particularly as Meryl Streep plays Julia Childs with such over the top gusto you get the feeling it has to be an authentic portrayal. And if you’re thinking of starting a blog project of your own, I’d recommend it – hopefully that way you’ll start in laid back mode!

Here’s the official trailer:

If that’s whetted your appetite, the original blog: The Julia/Julia Project, can be found here


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