Thursday, August 6, 2009

Good vs. all-time great

[Amy] Adams is a lovely and subtle performer, but she is overmatched by her co-star and handicapped by the material. Julia Child could whip up a navarin of lamb for lunch, but Meryl Streep eats young actresses for breakfast. Remember Anne Hathaway in “The Devil Wears Prada”? Amanda Seyfried in “Mamma Mia”? Neither do I. ...

Julie [Powell] is an insecure, enterprising young woman who found a gimmick and scored a book contract. Julia [Child] is a figure of such imposing cultural stature that her pots and pans are displayed at the Smithsonian.
--A.O. Scott, NYT, on unflattering contrasts in Julie & Julia

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