Julie and Julia
Talk about a proper food movie. Amy Adams plays a food blogger who decides to recreate the cooking of dishes conceived by the great Julia Childs… and the film flashes back to Julia Childs, played by Meryl Streep, and her husband Paul, played by Stanley Tucci. Julie and Julia is super romantic, shows a deep passion for food, and is based on a true story.
Look, we didn’t think this movie would be a proper food movie, either. But not only is it from Brad Bird (the guy who gave us The Incredibles and The Iron Giant), but it’s actually a really in-depth look at what it takes to become a chef, and how certain recipes can fundamentally change us. And it has a talking rat! What more could you want?
Jon Favreau made this fantastic, breezy, freeing film about a chef who drops his promising career to start up a food truck. It’s based on a true story, and Jon actually went and learned to cook with the chef he based his lead character on. Plus, the two of them have a spin-off cooking show on Netflix, called The Chef Show, which features a bunch of Favreau’s friends from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Trip is a film about Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, playing caricatures of themselves, hooning around on a food and wine trip, talking utter nonsense. Watching two people eat, drink and be merry, and steep in what makes food great, is a treat. Watching the two of them do impressions with a few glasses of good wine in them is art.
Stanley Tucci made and starred in this film about two brothers who start an Italian restaurant that gets into trouble with customers because it’s too authentic. Tucci drew on his growing up and learning to cook in a very food-oriented Italian family – in fact, Tucci has since released several critically acclaimed cookbooks!