Julia (2021)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

9.0/10

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

4th November 2021
Written by Peter Walkden
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A flood has occurred on the Earth, and Noah’s massive Ark is still drifting with every type of animal onboard, including good buddies Finny and Leah. But with the Ark drifting for many days, the Ark’s food supply is finally about to run out. To make matters worse,...

Tom & Jerry (2021)

The epic battle continues between Tom (the cat) and Jerry (the little mouse), this time in a movie based on the well-known cartoon series. After the two's most recent battle, Jerry decides to hide in the famous Royal Gate Hotel, hoping to begin a new life. Naturally,...

Godzilla Vs. Kong (2021)

Continuing from Godzilla: King of Monsters (2019), Godzilla continues to hide from the world, and years have passed. But suddenly, Godzilla comes back to the surface and unexpectedly destroys a massive high-tech company. The world is now in fear as Godzilla makes his...

At Close Range (1986)

Based on a true story. Brad (Sean Penn) is a young man who enjoys doing very little in life other than hanging out with friends, drinking and smoking. He has no interest in getting a job unless he needs to buy something such as a nice car, but otherwise, he is...

The Witches (2020)

The film begins with a narration (surprisingly by Chris Rock), who talks to a group of young kids and warns them about the existence of witches. The film then goes back to the year 1967 and introduces us to a young boy (played by Jahzir Bruno) who sadly lost both of...

Kajillionare (2020)

Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood) lives with her parents Theresa (Debra Winger) and Robert (Richard Jenkins).  The family of three are con artists who are willing to do anything and everything to scam and steal at every single opportunity.  You see, Theresa and...

The War with Grandpa (2020)

After getting in trouble at his local supermarket, Grandpa Ed (Robert De Niro) is encouraged by his daughter Sally (Uma Thurman) to move out of his old home and in with his daughter and the rest of the family. Naturally, Grandpa is not overly fond of the idea and...

Hunter Hunter (2020)

We follow a family who lives in a cabin in the wild woods.  Joseph (Devon Sawa), Anne (Camille Sullivan), and Renee (Summer H. Howell) work as fur trappers and are struggling to make ends meet financially. Anne suggests to Joseph they move away from the woods and...

The Reckoning (2020)

A horrible sickness is plaguing the land of England. The Reckoning follows Grace (Charlotte Kirk), who makes the awful discovery that her husband killed himself after becoming sick.  Feeling it was the only way to protect Grace and their child, he left her alone...

Centigrade (2020)

Inspired by actual events, Centigrade follows Naomi (Genesis Rodriguez), a novelist travelling with her husband Matt (Vincent Piazza). While the two are travelling to Norway for a book tour, they decide to stop their SUV and get some rest.  They also cannot drive...

Violation (2020)

In the present day, Miriam struggles to have a cheerful marriage and feels her relationship is near to divorce.  She and her husband return to her hometown to catch up with her younger sister and brother-in-law after being apart for many years. Miriam hopes that...

Freaky (2020)

‘The Butcher’ (Vince Vaughn) is a violent serial killer who takes joy in killing anyone who gets in his way. His focus is usually on young teenagers who enjoy hanging around together. He generally doesn't say much, but his large knife seems to do all the talking and...

Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob (2021)

Scooby-Doo and the gang are back in an all-new animated feature! Shortly after the gang solve yet another mystery, they make a strange discovery about Shaggy and his past. Thanks to a DNA test, it is revealed that Shaggy is related to someone from Camelot in medieval...

Superintelligence (2020)

Carol Peters (Melissa McCarthy) is an average person trying to make a difference in the world. She is currently single, seeking new work, and in her spare time, has a passion for helping animals find new homes. But Carol's kind nature attracts the eye of the...

The Tangle (2019)

Set in the future, our film is, in fact, a sci-fi murder mystery. The film begins with mysterious scenes and a voiceover claiming to be too old to be conducting such Sherlock Holmes type murder mysteries.  We then cut to an interrogation room called Point Mugu...

Slaxx (2020)

Libby (Romane Denis) has always dreamed of working in the retail store known as CCC's (aka Canadian Cotton Clothiers). She finally gets the opportunity to work as a salesclerk. Naturally, Libby is over the moon to represent and work with such a colossal clothing...

Hope Gap (2019)

Edward (Bill Nighy) & Grace (Annette Bening) are a couple who have been married for twenty-nine years. In the present day, the two live in a small town with stunning views- Hope Gap. The marriage has become a real struggle for each of them.  Each day is full...

Never Too Late (2020)

Jack Bronson (James Cromwell) is the newest arrival at a local nursing home.  Soon we learn the ex-Vietnam Vet has a top-secret mission of his own.  He hopes to be reunited with a love from his past and has unfinished business to complete.  But Jack...

Come True (2020)

Things are not looking too good for a young high school student named Sarah.  Sarah chooses to run away from her mother and refuses to go back home, sleeping the night at a local park.  But Sarah has issues when it comes to sleeping.  The worst part is...