Saturday, March 27, 2010

Julie & Julia

Just finished watching Julie & Julia on the movie channel. I missed seeing it in the theatres because the other half refused to go see it (and truth be told, we don't get out to see movies very much, so it has to be one we're both DYING to see). I only got to see it tonight because it's some Ultimate Fight Night, and I had the tv all to myself.

As I expected, the movie was kind of average. What makes it worth seeing, though, is a fantastic performance by the inimitable Meryl Streep. She's one of my acting gurus, and though I don't know a lot about Julia Child, I know enough about Meryl to know that the character was well studied. And no doubt a perfect impersonation. I heard somewhere that for every character she portrays, she has a secret - something that she knows about her character that she chooses not to share with anyone else. And the fact that Meryl Streep is so attuned to details that she would go that far in layering her characters shows that she is a genius. To me, at least.

What kept me watching the movie, though, despite the lack of nap and the excessive wine consumption was that I found it actually quite..inspiring. It made me think about what I am doing with my life, and whether or not I'm "accomplishing" anything. Whether I am being diligent enough in setting goals for myself. Both Julie and Julia found that, despite the stress, they were much happier when they found something they loved and followed through with the pursuit of it.

And that's a lot of what I hope to accomplish this year. If I'm going to say that I am an actor, then I should be an actor, not just someone who acts occasionally. Audition. Take classes. Hopefully actually appear on stage at some point, if people will have me. And if I'm going to say I'm a runner, then I should be a runner, not just someone who runs. Set goals. Add distance. Run races.

Go beyond the status quo. Do better. Stop lazing about and eating bonbons. (And I do. Laze about. Eat bonbons. That's fun too. But it shouldn't be all I do.)

I have my work cut out for me.


moplans said...

I watched a no doubt bootlegged version while getting a mani and pedi.
What I took from it -
Julia is a totally nutter. She stayed home from work and blogged preparing her dinner.

but yes, I would agree inspiring. Find something you love and do it. Note that those two had no small children w makes it much much easier to do as you please when you do. You've done well to get in the acting that you have while the boys are so young and I have no doubt you will continue to follow that passion.
I feel like I've been in a holding pattern for a few years, but when you look at the enormity of what we have accomplished - including creating four fab little people- we really have accomplished a lot.

painted maypole said...

Excellent insights.

yes, Meryl Streep is brilliant, particularly in that movie. I loved Stanley Tucci, too. And Jane Lynch... in a very different type of role for her. loved, loved, loved.