Review of “Julia” – “A celebration of her life and a nod to her important contributions”


JULIA brings to life the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans view food, television and even women. Using never-before-seen archive footage, personal photos, first-person narratives, and cutting-edge, mouth-watering food cinematography, the film traces Julia Child’s 12-year struggle to create and publish the groundbreaking Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961) which has sold over 2.5 million copies to date, and its rapid rise to become the country’s most unlikely TV star. It’s the inspiring story of a woman who found her purpose – and fame – at age 50, and took America on this delicious journey.

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“Julia was more than a cook, she was a cultural force.”

After making its presence known in the food world, America’s food media and homes would be forever changed. Presenting all the slices of the life of the legend that is Julia Child, Julia is a celebration of his life and a nod to his pivotal contributions to culinary culture. Set in a generally delightful manner, the documentary traces the life of the famous author and cook from her early years of somewhat rebellious youth to worldwide recognition. The one thing the film brings out that remains consistent throughout his life is his work ethic. Julia wasn’t the type to hesitate to get her hands dirty or put in the hours needed to get the job done. Growing up in an era when most professions were dominated by men, she knew she had to be exemplary to prove her belonging. Later, as we know, she will exceed all expectations and become the architect of the food generation as we know it. I learned a lot during this doc. As someone who only knew the name Julia Child from pop culture references, this feature was more revealing than expected. From the way we buy and cook all of our meals, to creating dedicated food and preparation chains, everything can be attributed to the unexpected star’s diligence and success. We also witness the great love and respect that Julia and her husband, Paul, had for each other. Unlike other famous stories from the past, Paul performed in the background and was comfortable helping out and watching his wife blossom.

She lived a life full of transformation and doing what was considered unconventional. Told through images, extracts from written letters, extracts from her cooking shows and those who knew and learned from her, the documentary is lively and informative. Like watching a cooking show, I started watching on an empty stomach and ended up ordering food as the credits rolled by. As an advocate for a lot of things and this distinct voice, I’m surprised she didn’t really show up on my radar growing up. However, even though I’m very late, now that I know what I know, I can call myself a fan. When someone is full of life and overcomes obstacles, it’s hard not to be impressed. With excellent editing and directing, this is a documentary that Julia Child fans will love and those unfamiliar with will find a new fascination. I appreciated. Its revisibility is high.

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Photo credit – Fairchild Archive-Penske Media-Shutterstock. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Julia poses with cooks on the set
Photograph by Paul Child. © Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Rhythm & Pop

The documentary moves forward at an entertaining pace. Never dwelling for too long on a moment of its incredibly hectic life, the film is able to cover a large number of points in its timeline. Since I was not fully aware of Julia Child or her accomplishments, what struck me was how much I learned. She has lived an amazing life and accomplished a lot.

Julia Trophy, Paul, Emmy Award
Photograph by Paul Child. © Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Jim Scherer takes photo of Julia Child cooking to cook
Photo credit – Jim Scherer. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Influence and impact

It is the favorite cook of your favorite cook. Julia Child’s impact is more and more evident after absorbing this documentary. Its success in cookbooks, as well as cooking shows, gave way to the food culture we live in today. As much as she loved to see the impact she had in her lifetime, she would be even more thrilled to see how much the culinary world has evolved. We all owe her a debt of gratitude for what she was able to offer us, and our stomachs too.

Julia released in select theaters on November 12, 2021 and began a wider release on November 24, 2021. Stay Safe and Enjoy.

Directors: Julie Cohen & Betsy West

Writers: Based on Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz, inspired by My life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme
The French chef in America: the second act of Julia Child by Alex Prud’homme

Producers: Julie Cohen & Betsy West, Justin Wilkes, Sara Bernstein, Holly Siegel

Executive producers: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Michael Rosenberg, Amy Entelis, Courtney Sexton, Bob Spitz, Alex Prud’homme, Oren Jacoby

Editor: Carla Gutierrez

Rated: PG-13

Duration: 1h 35m

Evaluation: 3.5 out of 5

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