Saturday, August 15, 2009

Julia - you naughty Scamp!

If you haven't already seen Julie and Julia, go - go this weekend - go soon. I tried to see it opening weekend but the theatre in my hood had a power failure, so I had to wait until last night. It now will be added to my top 20 list - not sure who I will have to bump off the list, but in any case it warrants being added. It was funny and heartwarming and sweet in the way a good movie should be. Meryl Streep was more Julia Child than Julia Child was - I swear. I learned something about Julia Child and her lovely relationship with her husband that I never knew before. That part of the story came from letters that were written from her husband to his brother and from Julia to her sister and they were published a while back. Although she was a famous cook book author and television personality, she was not exactly a looker. I think that is what made her marriage so sweet and special. He seemingly adored her and if the casting was accurate, he was much shorter than her - not such a stretch, as she was so tall, so they looked a little awkward together. I'm not sure if the script writers took a few liberties, but apparently it wasn't uncommon for her husband to come home for a "nap" midday (aka - a little afternoon delight) when they lived in Paris and she was attending the Cordon Bleu cooking school. The way it was presented in the film was charming and subtle and endearing. It was as though she was always startled and surprised by his affections toward her, but she loved him equally and unabashedly. Of course, the other aspect of the film that was near and dear to my heart was the plot line, where a young 30 yr old blogger from Queens - Julie - decides to start writing a blog where she cooks all 500 odd recipes from Julia Child's , Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and then blogs about the experience. She created such a massive following on her blog, it was made into a book and then this movie. How's that for horseshoes up your ass? I watched as she started with no readers, other than her mother and as the weeks passed, a few more and before you know it, she has a huge following and publishers and writers are calling her to ask her if she wants to be interviewed, published, etc. Every blogger's dream come true. Including mine. However, her idea was unique, I'll give her that and she had a focus - a theme. As I tend to skip all over the map, I don't see any book potential, but it did give me food for thought (pardon the pun) and I am thinking maybe I need to re-invent this blog. I'll keep you posted. For now, it's August, it's hot, and it's not the time for new beginnings.... maybe in September. Any feedback or ideas are most appreciated. Lay 'em on me!

1 comment:

Carla Sandrin said...

I loved the movie too! And I thought Meryl Streep was quite phenomenal as Julia Child. As for the blog success, I guess it's all about finding a gimmick...