Oct 21, 2010

Julie & Julia part two

Yesterday I told you what I thought about Julie and Julia the book, so I figured why not talk about the movie too?
I loved the book and I hate to say this but I almost loved the movie more. Almost. Amy Adams did a phenomenal job, and I think the Julie she portrayed was a little softer than the one in the book, which made her even more likeable.

I was pretty irritated in the book when Julie found out Julia Childs heard about her project and was kind of rude about it - and while that was addressed in the movie, I got a chance to see a different side of Julia Childs. Again, softer, more vulnerable, and it made her more sympathetic and enjoyable. While the directors and producers might have taken some liberties with the story (that's just me speculating, I'm not sure), the intertwined stories were really well done.

Julie said that Julia saved her with cooking, and you see that as much as Julia loved her husband, cooking is what saved her as well. Plus, what a great supporting cast - Stanley Tucci, Jane Lynch, Mary Lynn Rajskub! The movie mirrored the book in the sense that you really fell for all the characters.

I'm a firm believer in waiting until after I've read the book to see any movie adaptations but I was pleased to see this one was done so well.

What did you think readers? Have you seen the movie? Do you want to?

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Diana Mieczan said...

I am definitely planning to see that movie now:) Have a lovely day

Emily Jane said...

LOVED the movie!! And I rarely love the movie more than the book, but one of my favourite movies ever is Stardust, an adaptation from a book by (my favourite author) Neil Gaiman. I loved the book, but I loved the movie, for once, too!

Anonymous said...

I certainly want to see it now that you've spoken so highly of it. :-)

Nicole said...

I do agree that the Julie of the movie was much softer. I don't think the movie would have been as enjoyable with the harsh Julie of the book.

Mandy said...

I really enjoyed the movie. I usually think that the movie can't nearly be as wonderful as the book, but in this case, I didn't even read the book. I had read a lot of not so flattering reviews of the book so just decided to skip straight ahead to the movie. I'm not sorry that I did. =)

Amber said...

Oh yes, I loved the movie much more then the book! Like I said in my comment yesterday, I just couldn't stand Julie in the book!!

The movie was AWESOME!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I really liked the movie as well - esp the Julia Child part. I thought Merryl Streep did an amazing job. And Amy Adams did a great job as well.

I think I might have liked the movie better than the book on this as well which is so rare for me to say!

Nora said...

Oh yes, I follow the book before movie rule as well. The ONLY reason I read the Julie & Julia book was so that I could see the movie. LOVED the movie much much more than the book =)

Kyla Roma said...

I loved the movie- the Julia Child parts were just amazing!! I want to be that kind of married couple :)

Ally said...

I enjoyed the movie so much! I heard the book was just eh, so I didn't actually read it. Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci were so great.

I have a book-before-movie rule too, but with how awful the movies usually end up being I've found myself rethinking it :)

Gracie said...

Now I have to read and watch these!

steph anne said...

I loved the movie but I have to admit I didn't read the book. I wish I did before seeing the movie though!

Anonymous said...

hey becky- LOVE the blog! :) thanks so much for the comment, and i will absolutely be back here more often.

i did watch the movie, and i loved it. i haven't read the book yet (which bums me out, usually like to do that backwards) but i really do want to check it out.

Megan said...

I thought the movie was great! I haven't read the book yet, though.

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

I loved the book and loved the movie. A+ to both of them! I even read some of her blog and the book pretty much matched it. I am a fan!

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