J.R. and I went to see Julie & Julia the other night, and I have to admit, I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I finished the book while I was in Boston, and it was a pleasant read -- not earth-shattering, life-changing stuff, but funny and a good diversion from the eternity that was Mansfield Park. I was expecting much the same from the movie, except with more attractive people, but I really, really liked it. I even cried a bit. Perhaps my already meager expectations were lowered further after my mom reviewed it as good but needing more Streep (what doesn't?). I actually thought the mix was pretty decent, though Julia does have the meatier role, what with becoming a famous chef and all, while Julie just gets comments on her blog (which eventually leads to fame, of course). We're all convinced now that they need to make a movie focusing entirely on Julia Child's crazy life, and get Streep on board before she gets bored/too old.
Before the movie started, we saw a preview for the Lovely Bones, which means I have to add another book to my "read immediately" pile, because you know I have the read the book before I can see the movie.