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Based on the hilarious best-selling novel, this sinfully funny movie starring Academy Award(r) winner Meryl Streep* and Anne Hathaway is "sensationally entertaining in every way" (maxim). As assistant to impossibly demanding New York fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly (Streep), young Andy Sachs (Hathaway) has landed a job that "a million girls would die for." Unfortunately, her heaven-sent appointment as Miranda's personal whipping girl just might be the death of her!
This clever, funny big-screen adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's best-seller takes some of the snarky bite out of the chick lit book, but smoothes out the characters' boxy edges to make a more satisfying movie. There's no doubt The Devil Wears Prada belongs to Meryl Streep, who turns in an Oscar?-worthy (seriously!) strut as the monster editor-in-chief of Runway, an elite fashion magazine full of size-0, impossibly well-dressed plebes. This makes new second-assistant Andrea (Anne Hathaway), who's smart but an unacceptable size 6, stick out like a sore thumb. Streep has a ball sending her new slave on any whimsical errand, whether it's finding the seventh (unpublished) Harry Potter book or knowing what type she means when she wants "skirts." Though Andrea thumbs her nose at the shallow world of fashion (she's only doing the job to open doors to a position at The New Yorker someday), she finds herself dually disgusted yet seduced by the perks of the fast life. The film sends a basic message: Make work your priority, and you'll be rich and powerful... and lonely. Any other actress would have turned Miranda into a scenery-chewing Cruella, but Streep's underplayed, brilliant comic timing make her a fascinating, unapologetic character. Adding frills to the movie's fun are Stanley Tucci as Streep's second-in-command, Emily Blunt (My Summer of Love) as the overworked first assistant, Simon Baker as a sexy writer, and breathtaking couture designs any reader of Vogue would salivate over. -- Ellen A. Kim
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- One of the years best movies
My wife rented this movie and I expected to hate it. Instead I was surprised and enjoyed the movie a lot....more info
- Great movie
I accidently saw this movie when I was on leave from the army. I sat in the wrong theatre, but I was not dissapointed. Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep and all the actors/actresses did a great job in this movie. It starts off with Hathaway looking for a job, and by chance gets a job with Streep. Streep is the boss from hell, and Hathaway's co-workers are less than hospitable to her when she starts. Hathaway really struggles in the job when she first starts. As the movie continues on you will notice how Hathaway changes into a different person. Her co-workers also change in their attitude toward her. The ending of the movie shows you she has not changed too much, but I will not give the movie ending away. To all the men who are thinking about this movie, this is a great movie to see, and it is not too much of a chick flick. Also, Anne Hathaway is a fantastic looking actress. ...more info
- "Prada" is a Charismatic Movie
"The Devil Wears Prada" is a staple in my personal movie library. Rarely has a lioness been more enticing or vicious in corporate America as Meryl Streep's "Miranda Priestley." Priestley is equal to task to Michael Douglas' "Gordon Gekko" in the movie "Wall Street." But, why do we love these characters that would do anything to achieve and maintain professional success? I believe "...Prada" is a microcosm of the world. Most people are afraid to wholeheartedly go after the "Brass Ring." When we see the likes of a Miranda Priestley (Streep) entering onto the world stage, we love and loathe her simultaneously for her viciousness as well as her victories. While she may exhibit somewhat psychopathic tendencies, she is not the shrinking violet many would have her be. In fact, her subordinates become victims of the "Stockholm Syndrome." While the fashion industry isn't a philanthropic endeavor, the characters become sucked into her vortex, enamored by the passion and sheer excellence Miranda puts into her vocation. Meryl Streep was edged out by Helen Mirren's "The Queen" for the Oscar, but it's Streep's riveting performance that keeps me repeating the experience.
Watch "The Devil Wears Prada" to be entertained and educated about the ways of the world. The most salient one liner in the movie was Streep's divulging a truism of contemporary society and its pursuit of acclaim, fame and fortune, "Everyone wants to be us."
Core Edge Image & Charisma Institute
- The Devil Wears Prada
DO NOT waste your money on this nothing show about nothing. STUPID!! SHOCKED that Meryl Streep would even consider acting in this movie as a star!! I ...more info
- Entertaining but not a must-see
This movie was an impulse buy because it was priced on sale. It was entertaining but not anything great. I don't think I'd spend the time to watch it again after seeing it once, but it wasn't a bad movie and did make for a good relaxing night at home....more info
- Meaner Than the Devil
Just picked up a dvd of this movie and it's so much tamer than the book. What a horrifyingly stupid decision for the writers to make Miranda Priestly a sympathetic character, from boo-hooing about her divorce to privately smiling in fond satisfaction at her protege's progress. . . . after deliberately snubbing Andrea as she got into her car! I mean, come on. She never would have felt ANYTHING but annoyed contempt for her assistant; the girl was nothing to her but a slave to bully and denigrate. A mean person is a mean person is a mean person - - there is nothing amusing, sympathetic, or even particularly human about such virulently nasty people. I know that because I worked for a toxic boss over 10 years ago, back in the days before academia would have called someone like on the carpet for her atrociously cruel abuse of the adminstrative staff. She was a sociopath. Sure, she was bitter and unhappy, but did we pity her for her misery? No, everyone despised, feared, and resented her, and most of them toadied to her in terrified genuflecting awe, as if the sun rose and set on that old bat. And that, my friends, is how Bosses From Hell Get Away With It.
The novel Devil Wears Prada is exactly what that author went through; if it isn't the truth it's pretty close to it - - no one could make such ghastly incidents up. That roman a clef was written for a reason, but notice how NO ONE in the dvd's bonus featurettes discussed whom the character was REALLY based on, and how all the interviewss breathlessly decreed that they were going to treat the fashion industry with "respect." What, were the New York designers going to hire thugs to go beat up the producers, directors, writers and actors who made this movie? Threaten to have their careers ruined? Make sure that they "never ate lunch in this town again"? What in blue blazes was everyone so AFRAID of? During the filmed interviews of the people who made this movie, they all but looked over their shoulders while they talked, the whites of their eyes showing in terror.
That said, this was an absolutely scrumptuous movie to watch as far as clothes, scenery, snide confrontations. . . . but if only the character of Andrea had fought back more or somehow retaliated, instead of being so nicey-nice to all those vicious clacking fashionistas who snubbed, berated, and insulted her. That tray of dishes hurled into the sink - Miranda's suddenly unwanted lunch - - should have been hurled at her over-coiffed head.
- Breezy Predictable Fun
Not quite a grown-up's movie (maybe more like 14), it's still a fun way to wile away a couple of hours when you aren't in the mood for thinking. Meryl Streep's role isn't difficult, but she's fun to watch and effective enough to distract you from the well-worn plot. The heroine is more believable as a fashion trollop than a serious journalist. The saucy co-worker is too stereotyped, and a collection of friends only adds filler and backdrop to the story. Even the poor boyfriend only gets one dimension to his character. Did I mention the pat ending? But it has it's moments of charm. Those of us who have worked for a Miranda Priestly can nod along as we laugh. ...more info
- The Devil Wears Prada review
I don't know why everyone is making such a fuss over this movie. It could very well be a Disney production like 'Freaky Friday', or 'Just My Luck'. Same sort of style, light and happy sort of vibe apart from when Miranda sinks her claws into everyone, and of course you know exactly what this movie is going to be all about. Another 'girl gets sweapt away by popularity and must remember her morals and values before it's too late'.
First of all, Andy wasn't actually that badly dressed. From what I remember, she was in a businesslike cream blouse over another well-matched shirt. She could have looked ten thousand times more scruffy, and yet Miranda portrayed her as someone with no sense of fashion or style. Maybe this adds to the movie's funniness, but it just didn't make sense...
In real life, everyone knows that you don't have to be surrounded by fashion magazine employees for the general public to treat each and every single person like life is a catwalk.
Andy's boyfriend Nate has next to no personality. He has no spark, nothing to him to make him stand out amongst the crowd. Jeez, he looked like a homeless man who hadn't seen a scrubbing brush for months compared to Andy, and yet she was the one who was picked on... then again, of course, he wasn't the one who applied for the job in the first place...
Nigel is completely insensitive, blunt and harsh towards Andy, almost like Miranda, and yet she treats him as if he's the greatest thing since sliced bread. That irks me a bit... all these characters who work for Miranda treat Andy like crap and yet she feels sorry for every single one of them. Emily is still a jealous cow who wishes nothing but bad luck on Andy, Nigel couldn't care less about anyone's feelings just so long as they get the job done, and Miranda is still snobbish as hell and overly self-centred. Yet they somehow find a way into Andy's patient and doormat-like heart.
Another thing that was annoying was the whole 'You missed my birthday so therefore you don't love me' episode. Although this is just a movie, people need to realise that as adults, we all at times have demanding jobs which require overtime and busyness, sometimes it IS a matter of life and death (career-wise) whether you're there at the function or not. You could get fired and not be able to find something else. The lover is supposed to be supportive, and the bustling careerperson makes whatever time she or he can and doesn't love the person any less. He seemed overly whiny. Complaining about how she'd changed, when all she did was go to some functions, changed her clothes, it's not like she made a habit of tearing others down like Miranda...
Surprise, surprise, another guy comes into the picture and Andy sleeps with him only two days? after having a 'break' from her boyfriend. Loyal woman. You'd want a girlfriend like that around. You lose all respect for her character after that; suddenly you don't care about the shy little girl who got picked on by the devil in prada.
As for the actresses and actors, Anne Hathaway is always Anne Hathaway. You can't get past it. The roles of the awkward, shy teenager/adult seem to stick with her throughout her movie career. She's by no means a bad actress, she's quite good, but having seen 'The Princess Diaries 2' and 'Ella Enchanted'; she just let me down too many times before. This movie has got to be her best yet though.
Meryl Streep did a much better job at being a spiteful, bitter hag than Jane Fonda did in 'Monster In Law', there is no comparison. Adrien Greinier... eh... and Stanley Tucci was... okay. Average.
Just like an uncartooned version of a Disney film. On the plus side, the music they played in the background was super cool! :)...more info
- "Oh No that Wasn't A Question!"
When I first saw this movie in the theaters, I was disappointed, because they made it seem hilarious in the previews. The movie was not laugh out loud humor, but a clever and witty humor. Nothing that was gut busting laughter. I viewed it for a second time when I bought it and I love it! Now I know its true form of humor. Meryl Streep plays an excellent role (as always!)as Miranda Priestley and Anne Hathaway also shines in her role as Miranda's new assistant trying to get used to her new physically demanding job. All in all it is a great movie in its humor, excellent acting and originality! This is a definite must see for movie lovers!...more info
- A brief comment
This isn't my usual type of movie, but many people were talking about it so I watched it. If it's an accurate portrayal, it's an interesting look inside the fashion industry, the fashion moguls who drive it, and the people whose lives depend on it. The entire cast turn in very strong performances; Stanley Tucci was my favorite as Streep's artistic director, Anne Hathaway is a talented newcomer, and of course Streep practically steals the show as the boss from hell who everyone fears but loves to hate. If you're into high fashion, just watching the never-ending procession of designer clothes might be worth it by itself. The personal drama and plot revolve around a bright, young college grad who, by some strange turn of events, finds herself in apparently the most sought after and probably top entry level job in the industry as Streep's assistant, a job she really isn't suited for. Overall, it's a fine movie that provides an interesting look at what for me was a little known industry....more info
- Unexpectedly good
I had no pre-conceived notions about this film, which I knew little about before watching. However, my incredibly neutral viewpoint quickly disintegrated into genuine enjoyment just a few minutes into the film. Meryl Streep is as gifted as they come, and sometimes her facial expressions can steal the scene - that is, unless her biting dialogue hasn't already done so. The fact that Streep's vocal inflection is fairly low key and steady makes the words all the more amusing (of course, they'd be far from amusing if this was your actual boss in real life). Sure, there are cliches, but virtually every Hollywood movie has them nowadays. Enjoy it for what it is - two hours of humorous escapism that you'll probably revisit every year or so. ...more info
- Satan in stilettos
Andrea Sachs is fresh out of college and turns down Stanford Law for a career as a writer. She's bright, perky, talented and motivated, but the only writing job she can find is second assistant to Miranda Priestly, the editor-in-chief of Runway Magazine. A million girls would kill for her job, everyone tells Andy. Andy couldn't care less about fashion, she thinks it's all nonsense, but she only plans to stay there for a year anyway. A year working for Miranda Priestly will get her a job in any other magazine she wants.
It's easy to see why. Miranda Priestly, whose character may or may not have been based on the real-life editor-in-chief of Vogue, is an evil boss-from-hell who revels in pure sadism. Between throwing her coat and purse in Andy's face every morning, belittling her lack of fashion sense, sending her on impossible errands and generally keeping her at her beck and call twenty-four hours a day, Andy's personal life and her relationship with her live-in boyfriend are both on the skids. But just when she's about to toss in the towel, Miranda's second-in-command Nigel takes her in hand and oversees her personal makeover, and she pulls off an impossible task Miranda has set for her, earning Miranda's approval on both points. The ugly duckling turns into a trendy swan.
But at a considerable cost. As Nigel tells her, you know you're doing well at work when your personal life goes down the toilet. "I didn't have any choice," Andy wails when her soon-to-be-ex-live-in-boyfriend accuses her of choosing Miranda over him, and when she pulls off a coup that makes Miranda decide to take her to the annual fashion show in Paris instead of the first assistant, who had been starving herself for weeks in anticipation of the event. Only when Miranda tells her she sees a lot of herself in Andy, does Andy realize to her horror that if she stays in this job she's liable to turn into a mini-Miranda. Is it worth it, trips to Paris and all? That's the choice she has to make.
The cast in this film is generally very good indeed. Anne Hathaway makes a winning Miranda, all big eyes and fresh-faced naivete. Stanley Tucci is excellent as Nigel, Miranda's second, who's sacrificed his personal life for the magazine he loves. And Emily Blunt does a very good acting job as Miranda's first assistant who finds herself outdone and out-gunned, however unwillingly, by Andy herself. But this movie belongs to Meryl Streep, whose usual mousy-blond looks were morphed into something drop-dead gorgeous, with silver-white hair that symbolizes her icy personality that nothing can thaw; one look from this woman could literally freeze hell over. If Miranda has a weak side to her, she'll never show it. She's harder than a block of cement and that's the reason for both her successes and her failures. The movie isn't very profound on any level, but the message comes across: make your work your priority at the expense of your family and friends and you'll end up rich, powerful and alone. But like any well-presented message, director David Frankel manages not to make it too obtrusive so as to spoil the fun, and "The Devil Wears Prada" is ultimately a fun movie. Kick back with a big bowl of popcorn and enjoy....more info
- Very Good Look at the Fashion Business
Anne Hathaway plays a rootsy, down to earth girl who is looking for a job as a journalist. But the only decent paying job she can find is working as a personal assistant for a renowned fashion critic (played brilliantly by Meryl Streep).
Anne falters at first, but then learns how to excelt at her jon. But the demands of the job and the morally compromising situations she finds herself in put a major strain on her relationships with her boyfriend and her long time friends.
As her life begins to head in the wrong direction, her friends try to save their down to earth friend from being carried away by the demands of her pressing new life.
The movie is well done, a fine adaptation of the best selling novel....more info
- Devil Wears Prada
This was a good movie. Kept you entertained throughout. They picked the roles very well I thought. I recommend this one....more info
- Guys, if you are stuck watching a chick flick, this one isn't that bad.
Well the subject pretty much explains it. I'm a guy, and I've seen some pretty crappy chick flicks in my life. They are so bad. I mean c'mon, how many times can you see the same storyline repeated? Oh sure sometimes the movie is set in the south, or new york, or wherever the hell it is, they're all the same. Guy likes girl, girl likes guy. For some reason or another they can't get together, and it appears they will live a life of unhappiness. Then something stupid happens which allows them to be together forever. the end. Wow. Well this one isn't like that. So I mean, don't watch it if you dont have to, but if you are forced into it, choose this one if you can. It's less painful. There isn't any nudity in this movie so if you find one that has nudity, you should probably pick that one instead....more info
- Devil Wears Parda DVD Review
I think my wife has worn out the DVD, she can't stop watching it.The Devil Wears Prada (Widescreen Edition)...more info
- One of the most perfect comedies ever made
Oh, I am sure I will ruffle some feathers calling it "One of the most perfect comedies ever made," but that is my opinion. Let's look at what goes into a great film:
Great Dialogue: Check
Great Performances: Check (anyone who disagrees on this one is an idiot)
Original Story: Check
Great Theme: Check
Good Art Direction: Check
and MAKES YOU LAUGH: CHECK
This handles dialogue beautifully, presents interesting arguments (both sides) about the world of fashion, and Meryl Streep's performance is deceptively complex... she is brilliant, as are many of her co-stars. This is a first-class film that makes you feel good. After a bad day at work, this is one of the films I love to pop in the DVD player!
One of my all-time favorites!...more info
- Hell on Heels
This flick is devilishly fun.
Young, niave and frumpy Andrea (played with wide-eyed charm and subtle wit by Anne Hathaway) gets a job as Miranda Priestly's second assistant for Miranda's fashion magazine Runway, a job which "millions of girls would kill for." Andrea, however, has her sights set on being a serious journalist and describes her new job as "either this or tv guide."
But in walks...no, struts... diva dragon Miranda Priestly, the mother of all nightmare bosses, tossing out her over the top demands. Meryl Streep plays...no, inhabits... this role with perfection. She is cool and powerful, and her wit and comic timing are unmatched. Her lines and delivery ("tales of your incompetence do not interest me") are dead-on hilarious. She has every swish of the hand, every lift of the chin, and every dreaded purse of the lips on spot. Yet occasionally she displays just a hint of vulnerability which makes her surprisingly empathetic.
Emily Blunt, the overworked and bitingly sarcastic "first assistant" and Stanley Tucci are also superb.
Andrea's subsequent struggles, her determination not to fail at this job, her adaptations to the fashion world, and her final choices after she has seen the dark side of high fashion (and, of course, Miranda's responses to all this) make this both a funny and oddly captivating movie.
And the clothes, of course, are to die for....more info
- Lazy adaptation of the book
I didn't love the book, but this movie barely even resembles it. As someone who just finished the book a couple weeks ago, it was impossible for me to watch the movie without constantly noticing things that were shockingly different. With the exception of Andrea herself, every single character in the movie was either changed completely or simply left out. Miranda's more sympathetic, Emily's less sympathetic, Lily has her life under control, and the security guy who makes Andrea sing doesn't exist. Andrea doesn't buy Starbucks for homeless people or smoke cigarettes whenever she gets a chance. Even her boyfriend has a different name and career. Andrea's life seems a lot more pleasant here.
Meryl Streep is very good in this, but I wished she acted more the way she did in the book and not as the kinder, gentler, and ultimately more sympathetic version of Miranda that's in the movie. "The Devil Wears Prada" hardly even seems like a fitting name for this since Miranda doesn't seem all that bad. Yes, she asks her assistants to do a lot of things all at once, including some things that are ridiculous, but that's a typical executive assistant job. In the book, not only was Miranda much more horrendous, but Andrea wasn't exactly the perfect employee either. Overall, this movie is much "nicer" while losing the angrier edge the book had. ...more info
- Devil Wears Prada
The box was in the original, unopened/brand new condition. I was very happy with my purchase and with the speedy service I received. This is one of my all-time favorites!...more info
- I'll Have A Model To Go, Super Size, Please
Look, I don't even know what "prada" is (nor am I inclined to take the time to find out). What I do know is I've seen THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA several times, and I find it a clever and engaging comedy for two reasons: Because Anne Hathaway is so absolutely delightful and because Meryl Streep is so absolutely good.
Playing a New York newbie who's hired to be an assistant to an editor of a chic fashion magazine, Hathaway brings an innocent naivete that is appealing and genuine. Plus she's easy on the eye; I find her to be one of the most beautiful actresses on the big screen today. And then there's Meryl Streep as the beastly Miranda Priestly--the boss who won't take "No", or "I can't get that done" for an answer. We've all had bosses from hell, but Miranda easily sets the bar as the most self-centered, diabolical, conniving--duplicitous. And all the while, Streep plays this role in a soft-spoken manner; her Miranda may appear to be in control, but the volcano could erupt at any moment. And is it ever fun to watch.
Adrian Grenier, Stanley Tucci, and Simon Baker furnished the main male roles in this film, and none of them (count 'em) were interesting (okay, maybe Tucci's role as a frustrated fashion designer was a tad interesting); this, I think, was intentional. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA is a flick made for chicks. Speaking of, I enjoyed Emily Blunt as the stressed other assistant willing in an instant to fall on her sword for Miranda; Blunt gets more than her fair share of funny scenes. But she doesn't tell me what prada is. But that's okay.
--D. Mikels, Author, The Reckoning
- Mostly solid film, Prada looks devishly good on Blu-ray
The Devil Wears Prada has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. I'm a guy who loves romance, comedies, and other chick flicks; however, my sense of fashion (or even interest in it, for that matter) is lacking, and I don't have a desire to jump into the fashion world. I suppose Miranda Priestly would completely despise me, but that's not such a bad thing.
The Devil Wears Prada is about Andy Sachs--a recent graduate looking to make something happen for herself in the professional world. She's interested mostly in journalism, but, unfortunately, she's run into little to no luck landing a job. This supposed strike against her doesn't appear to be as bad as the one she experiences within the first 15 minutes of the film. For some strange reason, she applies and interviews for an assistant-to-the-chief-editor position at Runway, the world's premiere magazine in fashion. The reason this is so strange is that she literally has no sense of fashion whatsoever (an understatement! Watch the first ten minutes and you'll know what I mean, and I don't even have a sense of fashion!). Miranda (Chief Editor) takes one look at her and practically judges Andy's entire life based on the sweater and skirt she's wearing. It's a subtle, tense, and completely hilarious scene all at once, and we see Andy leave in disgust as she's sure she's not gotten the job.
Well, as odd ironic movie fate would have it, Andy lands the job and works as Miranda's second assistant. The film steadily shows Andy's strong dedication to her job and her ever-increasing fashionable side. She grows into a character whom she loves and eventually dislikes, leading to more irony and self-realization.
Even though the film does not have incredible character arcs and overwhelming tension, it still remains clever and well-written. The actors (especially Streep and Blunt) give outstanding performances, and it's through these listed elements that makes this film one to enjoy a few times over.
The Blu-ray disc for The Devil Wears Prada is single layer BD-25, and the picture comes across strong in most scenes. The city takes are relatively short, so don't expect to be blown away by nighttime New York (there's just not much to oooh aaaww at here), and there's really no special effects because, honestly, this isn't an action film. But the colors are all natural and breath-taking, keeping the film relateable instead of surreal. What you see is a drama about fashion and self-realization delicately worked on by hi-def fashion artists. The film works and so does its picture. Take it for what it is, and you should be pleased....more info
- tell me something i don't know
** movie spoiler ahead ** i have seen so many movies like this -- want to be glamorous -- find that it is against their natural being or conscience -- and then learn the opposite.
maybe if you never watch something like this, then you will find the movie very original. otherwise, i don't see anything special about this movie.
the reason i give it 1 star is: the movie trailer i saw, it showed 2 minutes of the movie, instead of showing different parts of the movie briefly, which is the usual way of showing a trailer. If I had seen the various parts, i will know what this movie is about, and will not watch it, knowing that it is the same old same old. Well, the marketing is smart to just show 2 minutes of an interesting part of the movie. In a way, they are pretending to be something that they are not. Just like what the story is about: pretending to be somebody who you are not....more info
This movie is terrific. Again as for Meryl Streep who is about 60 playing a mother of 2 young girls just didn't fit. Perhaps their grandmother would have been more realistic....more info
Thankfully, I rented this movie as opposed to seeing it in the theater. I hated it. The plot was stupid. I thought that maybe the film was going to be about how a girl who thinks fashion is stupid finds that it isn't just full of anorexic, stuck-up snobs who only care about what they look like. I was incorrect. This movie serves only to reinforce negative stereotypes of the industry. They make a big scene of making the lead character "pretty and fashionable" but in the end she is the same person she was to start except now she has a job recommendation that almost says "work for a bitch and let them treat you like crap and it might work out in the end" to the viewer. Not to mention that she cheats on her boyfriend pretty much and suffers no consequences for it. Waste of money and time....more info
- Very enjoyable
This is a very pleasant and charming film with some great lines in it. Well worth watching. ...more info
- The Heaven and Hell of the Fashion Industry
"The Devil Wears Prada" is good,naughty fun. It's a cinematic petit four, small, sweet, not to be taken too seriously. Anne Hathaway, proving she's as good at comedy as she is at pathos (check out her performance in "Brokeback Mountain" as Jake Gyllenhaal's hapless,heartbroken wife),stars as Andrea Sachs,a journalism graduate. Andrea (who goes by the androgynous "Andy") tries her luck at a fashion magazine. First, she encounters the bland, arrogant Emily (chunky Canadian crooner Michael Buble's real-life bland girlfriend Emily Blunt) It is awkward. Then she encounters Miranda Priestley herself (a radiant Meryl Streep)
"The Devil Wears Prada" is an archetypal chick flick. Miranda sends Andy off on impossible tasks-such as delivering the rough draft of her magazine to her mansion, getting the right clothes, and so on. Since this is a materialistic movie, it's about Andy's transformation from ugly duckling to beautiful swan through high fashion. There are also product placements for Starbucks, Dean&Deluca, and the Harry Potter series (Miranda sends Andy to get the first copy of the seventh book) Andy's relationship with her boyfriend Nate (Adrian Grenier) gets strained,despite the fact he's in haute cuisine and makes "port reductions." You'd think haute couture and haute cuisine would complement and co-exist! Andy has a one-night stand with an improbably heterosexual fashion designer, Christian Thompson, who looks like he's gone to the plastic surgery one too many times. She also befriends the gay,flamboyant Nigel (Stanley Tucci) He confides in Andy of his childhood, saying that while his brothers played sports, he read fashion magazines. One wonders if Dr. Joseph Nicolosi would've said that going to a sports camp would've prevented Nigel's gayness. Swinging the bat makes boys straight!....well,maybe. The movie has a fairy tale ending- Andy reconciles with Nate, and she even gets a good recommendation from Miranda. Indeed, Miranda is less villainous than Emily. Emily is cold and conceited, while Miranda shows her vulnerable side when her marriage is breaking up. One feels sympathy for her. Miranda is a woman looking for redemption through fashion and power. She hasn't found what she's looking for.
"Devil Wears Prada" has some good extras,such as "Fashion Visionary: Patricia Field" and "Finding Valentino." The "Fashion and NYC" is boring. I stopped it five minutes in. "Boss from Hell" and "Book to Movie" looked boringly self-referential.
"Devil Wears Prada" is a fun fashion flick. If you like "Prada",you'll enjoy ABC's campy ode to fashion, "Ugly Betty."...more info