Sean Beaudoin

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Julie and Julia dir. Nora Ephron — 5.0

Julia Child had a really intersting life. She was a smart, funny woman who brought the idea of food as art directly from Paris to middle America. She was also, apparently, a spy. Her husband was swept up into the McCarthy trials for some innocuous contacts in China. There is a great movie to be made about her. And this is maybe one quarter of it. Meryl Streep is as convincing a Julia as you could ask for, and the scenes of 50's France are great. The rest of the film, set in the modern day, is the usual tired Ephron schtick that consists mainly of annoying voice-overs, endless shots of Amy Adams typing at her laptop, and the constant emotional and artistic sweep of Delete key close-ups. Centering one half of a movie around a blog is the hallmark of creative sterility.
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