Being Julia (2004)
Critic Consensus: Annette Bening delivers a captivating performance in Being Julia, a sophisticated comedy that follows a 1930s stage diva who experiences an identity crisis at age 40.
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as Julia Lambert
as Michael Gosselyn
as Jimmy Langton
as Lord Charles
as Dolly de Vries
as Tom Fennel
as Grace Dexter
as Avice Crichton
as Walter Gibbs
as Archie Dexter
as Julia's Mother
as Aunt Carrie
as Curtain Call Boy
as Roger Gosselyn
Critic Reviews for Being Julia
It is Bening that's worth the price of admission. She makes even the corniest line ring true.
I enjoyed watching Ms. Bening in close to top form, and I think you will, too.
Bening brings such vitality to the role that she sweeps aside all the quibbles, and you have to sit back and enjoy what is a masterly performance by a great actor playing a great actor.
At best this is a witty and insightful portrait of a woman searching for her true identity; however it's also aloof and inconsequential.
This is, of course, the sort of role about which actresses dream, and it is Annette Bening who brings Julia to raging, mischievous, unforgettable life.
Audience Reviews for Being Julia
Annette Bening is excellent, but I couldn't really invest in the movie overall.
Pleasant evening watching this DVD. Annette Bening and Jeremy Irons are splendid. The costumes are wonderful. The weak link--and it's a pretty big crack because the whole story revolves around it--is that the story starts out with Julia saying she wants something new and different and then proceeds to revert to her younger self which is old hat. What she really wanted was to stop growing old. Then, in the end she discovers she doesn't mind being alone and growing old because she has other qualities. I guess the movie accomplished what it set out to do, but perhaps the whole theme is too nuanced for a movie. I definitely think the chemistry between Julia and her young paramour was ridiculously unbelievable.
This was okay. Not much of a story to it really, though. Wouldn't want to watch it again.
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