So, let me just start by saying how much I ADORED this film! It was so fun and so well done, I can’t imagine anyone NOT liking it (although, there was a group of bitter women in the theater who seemed to find issue with this near-perfect movie.) The cast is absolutely brilliant, and Nora Ephron brings that same sense of Happily Ever After to this film that she’s done with so many others.
But if you think Julie & Julia is about cooking, well, take a closer look…
I was so excited when I realized that this movie was more about two women’s journeys towards publication! Julia Child spent years working on her first cookbook, only to have it rejected by a big-time publisher who told her, basically, that she didn’t follow “the rules” of cookbook writing.
Fast forward 50 years or so, and you have Julie Powell, an almost 30-year-old woman at a dead end job who longs to be a writer, but has only ever written half a novel. Obviously, we all know the outcome of her story 😉
I have to say, on many levels, I related to both of these women, and it was reassuring to see them going through what I, and everyone else in this profession, are going or have gone through!
And then, beyond their journeys of publication was a strong theme of undying, unconditional love. I found myself choked up many times as I watched the men in these women’s lives offer their support. There was a scene in particular between Julia and her husband (played brilliantly by Stanley Tucci) when she’s just recieved her first rejection. “They hate it!” Julia says over and over as she lounges, dejected, on the sofa. And then Paul gives her a pep talk I’ve heard many times from my own husband when I’ve been in the same situation…I don’t have the exact transcript, but it’s something along the lines of “You’re the best, you’re unique, they’re idiots, etc…” I’m so not doing it justice, but rest assured, it brought tears to my eyes.
And it was Julie’s husband who, when she bemoaned that her life was lacking, suggested that she start a blog. Though they hit a couple of speedbumps along the way, there’s a definite happy ending for them.
So, I’m curious about you now. Is your hubby/significant other supportive of you and your chosen profession? Has he/she ever had to give you “the pep talk” after a rejection or meltdown? And if you’ve seen Julie & Julia, I’d love to know what you thought of the movie!