Saturday, December 05, 2009

An Encouraging, Emboldening Movie for Writers and Other Passionate Persisters

I was slow to go to see Julie and Julia. I'm not a cook. And the movie is, as you likely know, about a blogger named Julie who spends a year cooking every recipe in Julia Child's grand-opus cookbook.

But last night it was on at the $1.50 theatre, and Husband Bob (who is a sometime cook)and I went. And I am so glad I saw it.

It's an extraordinary movie. It shows the writing/publishing process as well as I've seen a movie do it. Even though it collapses and summarizes the years and stages involved, it's true to the difficulties and triumphs. When Julia Child finally gets her first copy of her first book in hand, I felt more intense emotion, (seemingly) on her behalf than in comparable moments in my own life.

There's a reason it was purer joy for J. Child. The movie--thank God!--didn't show all the correcting of proofs and bound galleys, etc. that come before that point. So her book seemed to rise full-blown from her manuscript.

Still...the heart of the matter was there. As well as a demonstration of her long struggle and tenacity and passion.

I was dripping tears in the theatre. And, though maybe there's no connection, tripped just outside afterwards and fell to the pavement like a rag doll. Wasn't hurt or troubled by this, and didn't bother to jump right up either. Just let Bob haul me to my feet and went on with whatever I'd been saying.

At any rate, it was all very cathartic and I felt so proud of both Julie and Julia and of all of us.

And that includes new regulars here: Hidup Lenang, annakate, and Mikki Aby. Welcome!

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kenju said...

I haven't been to a movie in a long time, but on the strength of that "ad", I might go and see that one.

Peggy Payne said...

And I don't even have a stake in it (wish I did). That's real enthusiasm.

Also, I got my Vanity Fair mag yesterday and it has a terrific photo story about M. Streep. Very inspiring: she's talking about playing romantic leads in box office hits at the age of 60.

Who knew that Meryl and I were exactly the same age?

Brenda Bartella said...

Peggy, I loved the movie almost as much as you did. And not having been published YET, I still felt her joy and let the tears flow. So glad you saw it.

Peggy Payne said...

I have great hopes that you will be soon, Brenda.