A delicious, comical, and emotional doc on the woman who changed the face of cooking.
Julia Child (1912-2004) has learned the power and love of culinary arts during her visit in France with her husband Paul, and throughout her life, she has taken cooking to new heights. And teaching cooking classes and appearing on TV has made her famous.
I’ve learned her name through the biopic “Julie & Julia” back in 2009, and Meryl Streep was fantastic in the role, especially the way they made her look 6’3, Julia’s height. She comes from a tall family. And seeing the documentary “Julia,” directed by the “RGB” duo Julie Cohen and Betsy West, is really exhilarating. This reminds me of how “A Beautiful Day in the Neighbor” with Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers was good, and the documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” was better.
There’s a truth and taste in the life and times of the towering cook that leaves you drooling and moved at the same time. You’re marveled at how she doesn’t let anyone get in her way, you’re laughing at the honest humor that pops in, and you’re hungry for all the delicious meals she’s made.
Her father was so strict and conservative that he wanted her to marry an heir from the Los Angeles Times, which she refused. She did such a fine job working with spies as a clerk-typist, that she stepped up her game at the O.S.S. She met her husband Paul when they were both stationed in Sir Lanka. And when she went to France, the food changed her life and gave her a purpose.
She learned the 3Fs: “Feed Your Man,” “F Your Man,” and “Flatter Your Man.”
This cook was also known for trying to bake foods again and again until she got it right. And she was so specific in her cooking instructions in her cook book, that a publishing company rejected it. But did that stop her? I don’t think so. And if she made a mistake with her latest dish, she can be flexible. Alter it.
The women on TV back then had to be depicted as sexy or housewives, because the men saw them as a objects. But Julia wouldn’t take that. And when she got her cooking on TV, boy, was she an iconic legend.
And the movie also shows her relationship with Paul, as well as some organizations involving planned parenting and AIDS. She was sterile, suffered from breast cancer, and showed her affection for gays.
“Julia” doesn’t grab everything on the menu, but it still provides an electrifying narration about the humble life Julia lived with her eccentric personality and versatility. Cohen and West both tell her story with the right kind of spices. Not too much salt or pepper, just the right amount. In fact, this dish takes 95 minutes to bake, and the results are mouth-watering.
They say: “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” but Julia Child proved more than that. She proved about the endless possibilities to life and gourmet cooking. I know this sounds repetitive, but this is a cooking movie, and it’s loves the kitchen. And there’s a whole lot more behind the shelves. It delivers as one of the year’s best documentaries.
In Select Theaters This Friday