Julia is a documentary that follows the life and journey of Julia Child. Julia was well known for her work on television and was a famous cookbook writer. But this isn’t just about Julia’s love for food; we also discover about her upbringing, her time working with spies, finding the love of her life, becoming a writer, and so much more.
I can’t say I’m passionate about cooking on any level, but this film is so much more than just about someone who loves cooking. There are many different themes and topics included, something that was highly welcoming and surprising. Julia was a loveable person, and it’s no wonder many viewers loved seeing her on television. People also enjoyed her cookbook because Julia introduced a new style and presentation to cooking, unlike the world’s previous experience.
The pacing of this film is tremendous. Everything moves at a snappy and fast pace, and honestly, I never felt bored. I found myself highly engaged with Julia’s story from the minute we learned how she got onto TV through determination and passion. Some moments are highly fascinating, educational, and generally touching, and I smiled while watching.
The visuals are great. There is original black and white footage, photographs, and even shots of food being cooked with excellent high resolution throughout the film. We gain insights into various dairy entries from Julia herself and people around her, and naturally, there are various interviews throughout the film. These different kinds of footage set the mood and give audiences a taste for Julia’s craft, skill, and passion.
For the most part, I adored this film. My only major complaint occurs in the third act. Some topics are either rushed over or seem to be vague in the details. One aspect of Julia’s life is touched on so briefly that I found myself unsure of what even occurred. The film still closes beautifully, but it could have ended on a much higher note if some aspects were explored in more detail and didn’t feel so rushed.
Overall, the documentary of Julia Child is a beautiful experience. While I’m not a lover of cooking personally, it still got to me. Julia was a loveable and amazing human being. It wasn’t just about her food, but also about how she was an inspiration as a writer and someone who influenced many people worldwide (especially women). Julia is also a love story, highly educational and filled with heartfelt moments and laughter. I adored this feature and only had a few minor issues relating to the third act, which is vague on key details and rushes towards its touching finale.