Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Go See Julie and Julia!

As my friends and family know, I am a movie freak, and I particularly enjoy seeing a movie in an actual movie theatre once in a while. I love the communal experience of sitting in the dark with a movie audience as we all take the journey where ever the movie leads us. Much to my pleasure, I was able to take a break and escape to the movies on Sunday with our friend Donna. We went to Richmond's newest movie theatre, Movieland at Boulevard Square, and saw JULIE AND JULIA, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams--two of my very favorite actresses! In short, I LOVED the movie! It was so sweet and so full of joy. I was so touched not only to see the stories of two women who followed their hearts to do what brought them joy (most of the time!) but also to see how they were so validated and supported by their husbands. Stanley Tucci is stellar as Julia Child's husband, and I hope this role will bring him the wider acclaim he deserves. (In fact, I hope this movie is not forgotten at Oscar time. It deserves Oscars all the way around!)

I was also so gratified to see that the theatre was full! A sold out crowd on a Sunday afternoon to see a movie about Julia Child and a woman who wrote a blog about her challenge to cook all of the recipes in MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING in one year. I think it's great that one of this summer's hit movies is about two women finding their joy while sharing their lives with their husbands who love and respect them--not a movie about blowing things up, or degrading someone, or the end of the world as we know it.

Go see this movie with your parents, your brother or sister, your spouse, your best friend. Share the joy!! Oh, and I must thank my own supportive spouse, Mac, who went down this B&B road with me without complaint or regret. As Julia and Julie would say, "He is the butter to my bread and the breath to my life!" Thank you, Mac, for the joy and respect and love you share with me every day! I love you!