Okay, here's the low down on Julie and Julia.
First of all, the positive part of the movie is that is undoubtedly the film in which Amy Adams has looked the coolest. She has a really short, cute haircut. (For me, it elicited a similar response to the one I had to Emma Watson's short haircut.) She also wears Vans slip-ons quite often in the film and I guess I like that too skeptical question mark? And in general she's likable and charismatic like she always is.
The bad news is that there is no more good news about the movie. The biggest problem with the film is that it has two distinct halves, the Julia half and the Julie half, and the Julie half is completely overshadowed by the Julia half. It isn't Amy's fault though! It's just that no one gives her anything to do. Her entire half of the film is dull and vague. Her character never gets to do anything that defines her clearly and the problems that she's presented with are completely underwhelming, especially when compared with the other half of the film. Meryl's character gets to confront sexism and share something that she loves with other people, but Amy's has vague existential problems and wants to write a successful blog and doesn't like her friends. (JOKE ABOUT HOW THAT DESCRIBES A TUMBLR USER.)
The clearest indication of the imbalance between the two plots is who the lead gets to hang out with. Julia/Meryl gets to goof around with the delightful Stanley Tucci (and by "delightful" I mean "absolutely fucking delightful," as he always is), and Jane Lynch, who for some reason makes perfect sense as Meryl's sister. Julie/Amy gets spend her time with...Chris Messina? and Casey Wilson and Vanessa Ferlito but for only one scene? Seriously, was Nora Ephron mad at Amy, or something?
The thing is, Amy can do a lot with a little (see: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, which is generally terrible, but slightly redeemed by Amy's performance, which is second only to Enchanted as an example of Amy's ridiculous skills at sunny dispositions). But she's got practically nothing to go on here.
Near the end of the film, Julia refuses to meet Julie, and in context it makes perfect sense. Why would she want to get anywhere near this yawning void of melodramic ennui and petty setbacks and cute haircuts? Why would anyone want to go near that?
Official Amy Adams Films Power Rankings:
2. The Fighter
5. Catch Me If You Can
6. Those three episodes of The Office
7. That one episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer
8. Sunshine Cleaning
9. Charlie Wilson's War
10. Drop Dead Gorgeous
11. Julie and Julia
12. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
13. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
14. Leap Year
(Determined by an algorithm that accounts for both the overall quality of the film and Amy Adams personal contribution to said film.)
Anything I write in response to this will be underwhelming and a disservice to the genius that is TWG, and the above intelligent, insightful discourse concerning the film Julie & Julia and the acting career of Amy Adams.
I have little else to do other than endorse Enchanted, Doubt, and Junebug; watch The Fighter; ensure no one ever, ever, sees Leap Year; and also to add a customary animated gif.