Julie & Julia — An Unexpected Treat

3490772254_b7330ef1a9_zHave you seen any good movies lately? Yesterday when my friend Teri and I went to Tulsa to celebrate our August birthdays a little early, we decided to hit the theater. And what better film for a couple of footloose and fancy free gals to see than a cooking movie like Julie & Julia :)

It turned out to be everything I expected and more. What can I say — Meryl Streep delivers. Her portrayal of Julia Child leaves viewers smiling and nodding their heads in agreement at how spot-on her performance is. Without a doubt, she nails the well-loved cooking legend.

Teri and I knew it would be a treat going in. Meryl playing such a colorful figure, the history involved, and just the common-to-us-all experience of cooking — we knew we’d enjoy it. What I didn’t realize is that the movie held an unexpected treat for me. A writer’s treat.

I didn’t know I’d identify with Amy Adams’ character Julie, who just happens to start a blog and then delivers little one-line insights into the inner workings of a blogger’s mind. I’m sure I wasn’t the only blogger in the theater to giggle in acknowledgement of our lives being played out before our eyes.

And then, of course, there was Julia and her efforts to get her first cookbook published. As I remember, she poured seven or eight years of her life into the project just to get it rejected by the interested publisher. Ugh. The agony of defeat. Every writer has been there. By the end of the movie, however, we see Julia exultant over a letter from a publisher who did want to publish her book. Ah, victory! Where every writer wants to be…

So there you have it. The unexpected treat hidden within the expected. Isn’t it neat how God surprises us at times with little blessings that hit the spot for us, little things that encourage us in our situations or endeavors? What can I say — Meryl Streep’s not the only one who delivers!

“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” Psalm 126:3

*So how has God surprised you lately with little blessings that hit the spot? Anyone else seen Julie & Julia yet?

*Flickr photo by Mo Kaiwen 莫楷文 , Creative Commons License


  1. Wasn’t it just wonderful?! So glad you enjoyed it!

    When is your August birthday?? Mine is the 28th! Looks like there was a lot of good “delivered” in August! ;o)

    Hugs and Happy Birthday!

  2. I cannot wait to see this movie.

  3. So glad you got to see it. I was wondering if you had made it.

  4. Melinda, my birthday is Aug. 16. My friend Teri’s is the 27th, and my daughter Kelli’s is the 19th. Like you said, there was a lot of “good” delivered in August!

    Hugs and Happy Birthday back at ya!

  5. I havent seen it yet, but really want to. Enjoyed this review!

  6. Thanks for sharing about this movie. It is indeed hard to find a one. I’ll keep this one in mind for future fun.

  7. Thanks for this review, Cheryl! I’ve been wanting to see this movie. I’ll definitely make time for it now!

    By the way, sorry I missed your birthday! Hope it was a wonderful one. Tell Kelli happy b-day for me! ;-)


  8. Just catching up on the blog! The movie was great, but, as always, the books were better. I highly recommend Child’s “My Life in France.” The struggle to get that cookbook published were Herculean! Hope you are all well!


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