Oscar-nominated Meryl Streep is a hoot in Nora Ephron’s delicious foodie comedy Julie & Julia, which interweaves the parallel stories of celebrated American cook Julia Child‘s life in post-war France and 21st-century blogger Julie Powell‘s attempt to cook her way through Child’s classic book Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a single year. As Child, Streep is at her most mannered and camp, gleefully impersonating Child’s eccentric demeanour and hooting voice (see the DVD/Blu-ray extras for confirmation of the accuracy of her impersonation). Yet her performance brims over with such joy and mirth and love that it’s hard not to be won over. A shame then that the movie’s second course – featuring the insipid romcom woes of Amy Adams‘ Powell – is less appetising.
Released on 8th March.