Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I finally found some time to catch up with Nora Ephron's Julie & Julia, and I'm not quite sure it was worth it. I wouldn't say it's a terrible film, but there's hardly enough story for a two hour comedy, and the pacing is a major problem. The film also never seems to take itself very seriously, and as a result, I had trouble caring at all for any of the characters. The performances are fine enough, but the script lacks any depth whatsoever, and the dramatic moments had little to no impact.
I don't think I will write a full review on this film, but I will say that I would have trouble recommending it, even to cooking fans. Yes, the performances are fine, but Streep's turn is hardly worthy of an Oscar, and the script is so thin that you could step away from this film for five or ten minutes and not miss a single thing. It's kind of a shame that any performance with Streep's name on it nowadays is automatically considered for an Oscar. To even put this performance in the same conversation as Gabourey Sidibe's turn in Precious is pretty mind-boggling.