Biography / Documentary

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 97%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 91%
IMDb Rating 7.6 10 338

Keywords:   biography, cooking

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March 30, 2022 at 07:15 PM



Julia Child as Self
869.62 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 34 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by mossgrymk 10 / 10


Wonderful documentary/bio of the culinary genius who more than any other person dragged America out of 1950s Swanson TV dinner hell (to which we are returning, unfortunately, thanks to Swanson heir Tucker Carlson) and put it on a path to where its cuisine is now comparable to that of any other country (well, except, maybe, Italy). Among this film's many virtues is fast pacing (it manages to cover all the salient points in 90 min), judicious use of the subject's own voice, a good assortment of, although not over reliance on, talking heads that include friends, colleagues and family, and a balanced tone that brings out the subject's warts...homophobia and venality being the two most egregious, in my view,,,as well as the virtues, chief among which is a generosity of spirit and an inexhaustible enthusiasm and energy. Bravo to directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West. Definitely an A.

Reviewed by rannynm 10 / 10

A Fun, Yet Informative Documentary Showing What A Strong Independent Woman Julia Was

If you're looking for a fun, yet informative documentary, then Julia is a perfect film for you. This documentary is great both cinematically and educationally. The detail and effort put into this documentary is seen throughout the film.

Julia is a new documentary about famous cook, author and television personality, Julia Child. It follows her through the struggles of being a woman in the film industry, her 12 year struggle to publish Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and her fight with breast cancer. This film talks about how Ms. Child changed the cooking industry, and America in general - forever.

This film takes an extra deep dive into Child's life, going from where and when she was born all the way through her cooking career, up to her tragic death. It has great detail, exceptional archival footage and sound bites, which add to its interest. Some of the information about Julia are so fascinating that I really just had to learn more. She really was a hilarious person! Julia was such a character and that is what makes this film really fun to watch. My favorite part is when it talks about Child's love life, because I really love learning that Julia was such an independent woman. She didn't get married until she was 35! I thought that was really cool.

The message of Julia is that dedication and hard work will help you achieve your goals. Julia had some struggles as a woman in the television industry, but with her hard work, she was able to overcome all of it. There are a few sexual references in this documentary and a very small bit of profanity to watch out for.

I give Julia 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. The film releases in theaters November 19, 2021. By Kendall B., KIDS FIRST!

Reviewed by richard-1787 9 / 10

A very enjoyable presentation of Julia Child the woman and the cultural figure

I'm surprised that on 18 Dec 2021 I'm only the third person to review this movie. And the first two reviews read very much as if they were written by the pr company handling the marketing of this film. Unlike them, I don't think this is the greatest thing since sliced bread (which wasn't so great), but it's a very fine documentary that does a solid job of presenting the life and achievements of a very interesting American woman.

It starts out not slow, but somewhat bloated. There is too much unnecessary filler, and too many people exaggerating both how bad American home cooking was in the 1950s and 60s and how much Child changed Americans' way of life.

Child grew up in an America where the wealthy, such as her family, had cooks, so that the wife did not herself get involved with daily meal preparation. The rest of American housewives did not, by and large, see cooking as a chance to be creative and develop their own personalities.

My mother, for example, only relied on frozen tv dinners as a last resort, unlike what you see in the tv ads from the 50s in this movie. She, like most American housewives of the 50s, felt they were shortchanging their husbands and especially children if they did not provide a home-cooked meal every night. I still make some of her recipes, and they are still good.

Child's real innovation was not, therefore, that she convinced American housewives to actually cook dinner: they were already doing that. She introduced the French idea of cooking as an art. Housewives certainly took pride in presenting good meals to their families before her, but the range of what they cooked was more limited, and the recipes were not that fancy. It was pretty much meat, potatoes (or pasta), and veggies. The highest praise was that it was filling.

Child gave women-middle and upper-class women, at least-the idea that there could be something intellectually rewarding about preparing a variety of different dishes. Going past meatloaf could be rewarding, even if hubbie was perfectly satisfied with it.

Once we get past that part of the movie and into Child's life, it's really pretty much all gravy. I was amazed at all the photos and home movies the staff found, some even of intimate moments. (I gather Child's husband, Paul, set up cameras in their homes to take pictures of them together.) The talking heads in the center of the movie know what they're saying, speak authoritatively, and don't go off on dithyrambs of encomia.

If you want real detail on how Child wrote her first, best-known book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, you'll need to read her book about her life in France, which is a great read. 90 minute documentaries can't get into that sort of detail.

On the other hand, this documentary does a nice job of covering other, non-culinary aspects of her life, such as her support of gay and abortion rights.

Good use is made of both diaries and letters.

In short, a very fine movie.

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