Hollywood will literally make a biopic out of anyone. Rather than make another Martin Luther King movie, Columbia Pictures has turned its eye to the life of Julia Child. Yes, that Julia Child. The weird-voiced, crazy old lady with a cooking show. Stranger still, Meryl Streep will play her.
In a way, I suppose Julia Child was Martha Stewart before there was Martha Stewart. Unlike Stewart however, I really doubt there’s enough there to justify a straight biopic. Luckily, that’s not what this project is. Instead it’s some sort of fictionalized story in which Amy Adams is a frustrated temp secretary embarks on a quest to cook all of the 524 recipes in Child’s famous cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” She blogs her adventures in culinary arts, and catches the attention of foodies. Where Child fits in is uncertain, maybe she shows up at the end to hand her a bronze soufflé or something. Or perhaps this is the food version of The Devil Wears Prada. They’re calling it Julie & Julia, but maybe they should consider The Devil Makes Croissants.
Except Julia Child died three years ago, before blogging was really the over-hyped media sensation it’s become. If heaven is real, then I assume she’s floating around on a cloud up there somewhere with that guy on PBS who painted all the happy little trees. So I’m not sure why they’re bothering to use her name, except perhaps because Meryl Streep thought it might be fun to do a Julia Child impression. And who can blame her? Drunk guys have been doing that at parties for decades, and it’s a big hit every time. Try it, you won’t regret it.
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