Bob Spitz on ‘Julie and Julia’

by Nora Ephron

This movie had disaster written all over it from the get-go. A biopic of a 50-plus woman who, let’s face it, was no glamour-puss, with a voice that rivaled Elmer Fudd’s for wackability. And with Meryl Streep in the title role! Dan Aykroyd had already taken a magnificent comic swing at Julia that was hard to shed. And yet, two minutes in, I was absolutely sold. Streep brought Julia to life, gave her voice and humanity, but Nora Ephron’s script lit her from within by infusing the character of Julia Child — that is, the TV character we all know — with depth, wisdom and precision. Beyond that, her script pulled off a doozy, weaving together stories of two seemingly disparate lives in a tautly drawn frame. It’s all there in the writing. As Julia herself might have said: “Julie and Julia” has all the best ingredients — wit and soul and even good taste.

Bob Spitz, author of “The Beatles,” is writing a bio of Julia Child, to be published by Knopf in 2012.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading