|The Devil Wears Prada
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- Excellent Cast, Excellent Plot
By far my favorite Movie. Its incredible cast makes each scene and relationship so much more dramatic and intriguing.
If you haven't seen it, watch it as soon as possible!
One of the best chic-flic's even for guys!!
- Great gift
This is on Cable all the time but it was a great gift to give. ...more info
- When you work for the devil, anything goes
We all know the boss. The man/woman who knows it all and tramples on everyone. I've worked for her; you probably have too.
"The Devil Wears Prada" is the "simple" story of a young college graduate, Andy (Anne Hathaway), trying to find a job. She looks at a fashion magazine, Runway, whose editor-in-chief, Miranda (Meryl Streep), is so harsh that girls who last one year as her assistant are granted "any job they set their heart on". The problem? Andy is so not into fashion, it's not funny. And Miranda is, well..."difficult".
I was unsure if I would actually enjoy the film. I had heard mixed reviews. But after finally seeing it for myself, I realized that on the whole, I enjoyed it. Anne Hathaway has the "My Fair Lady" role down-pat. Emily Blunt is very appealing as Emily, the desperate assistant. Even the actor who plays Nigel is charming. But Meryl Streep as Miranda is the star of the show. She steals the screen every time she appears, with enormous presence, a cool gaze, and her quiet, demanding voice.
The other characters are weak. We as the audience are supposed to be rooting for Andy to spend more time with her friends, but when her boyfriend, Nate, acts like a baby when she has to work on his birthday, you can't help but dislike them (I mean, come on, how many adults REALLY celebrate their birthday on their actual birth date?). When Nate says it would be better for her to be a pole stripper with integrity (what the...?!) than what she is, you want to kick him where the sun don't shine.
The plot is not complicated, well done, but the big "turning points" can be seen a mile away (such as Andy's conversion to fashion, her being chosen to go to Paris, and her eventual quitting). The clothes are beautiful (well, some of them are odd, but that's coming from a Wal-Mart girl :) ), the pacing perfect, and the scenery (particularly Paris) beautiful. There is some foul language, a scene where a woman gets hit by a car, some allusions to eating disorders, the overall impression that clothes size does matter (Andy ends the film as a "satisfied" size 4 after being a "fat" size 6) and some sexual situations, but nothing particularly glaring.
Overall, I liked the film. It is a great story of a young woman trying to justify her job with her morals. While I did not like how her friends (particularly her boyfriend) did not understand that sometimes you have to do things you don't like (aka your job) to pay the rent (and get the expensive purses that your friend rather enjoys) and that fun things will have to come later, it is a really good movie that showcases Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway's talents....more info
- Great Movie
Great movie for a girl's night. I just wish I could afford those clothes myself! ...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
- The Fashion Industry
An excellent performance by Meryl Streepe (aka Miranda Priestly/Dragon Lady). Miranda is somebody really big in the fashion industry. She is soooo big, that everybody jumps to her every desire, including designers, writers, photographers, etc. Miranda runs a huge fashion business and fashion magazine based out of New York City. Miranda keeps 2 personal assistants and has only one (Emily) right now and Miranda is looking for a second assistant. This is the job that "a million girls would die for," as you will hear said several times. The "devil" wearing Prada does not refer to a Satan figure. It is just that Miranda is such an unapproachable person, so much so that when she comes in to work, everybody else quickly walks the other way and the workers all go into complete panic.
Enters Anne Hathaway, as Andria, a simple girl with a degree in journalism. Andria is immediately snubbed by Emily and Miranda as having no fashion sense and totally wrong for the job, but Miranda decides to hire Andria anyway, against her better judgement. Miranda is truly the boss from hell. Working for her is faster paced than Superman can fly. She is abrupt, demanding, cold, and volitile. You are also on call 24/7 and the pay is not that great. Andria is trying her best but getting frustrated fast when finally she decided to get with the program. Seeking the assistance of male co-worker and fashion coordinator for Miranda, Nigel, Andria sheds her dumpy sweaters and black school-girl tights and starts dressing in the high-fashion style from the company's supply. This begins to please Dragon Lady and Andria/Andy begins to acquire bigger and better job responsibilities. Andy also begins to take on the all-for-business personality more in-keeping with her new line of dress. Her friends and boyfriend don't really like the changes either.
The movie is about the big business of the high fashion industry, even taking you to Paris designer shows. It's about intense career committment that is above a personal life. It's also about change, what's important, wheeling and dealing in the corporate world, disappointments, and caring or not caring about people. The "Devil Wears Prada" could also be a comparison to the concept of giving your personal life over to the corporate world.
I guess you would call this a chick-flick. I don't see where most guys would be interested in it....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
- 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
- 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
- The Devil Made Her Do It
There are times where you just want to bash Miranda's face in during this movie. Meryl Streep plays Miranda Priestley so convincingly, it makes you hate her character to the core. I hope Meryl isn't like Miranda in real life, if so that would be sad. I personally would not put up with anything Andie went through with Miranda and her crappy attitude. I would have spat in her face and walked out on the job. If that's really how the fashion industry operates, I think it's pathetic and they need to get over themselves because everything they design goes out of style anyways. This film captures the attitude of the fashion industry and the acting is fantastic by Meryl Streep, I wish she would have won the oscar. ...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
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
- Lovely movie, rotten message.
So this should be sub-titled "A cautionary tale for girls". The basic message seems to be "don't be ambitious, girls, it'll make you miserable and bitter and nobody will like you or be close to you. Be content with smaller things and don't dream big, it's too scary out there." Either that or "Don't change who you are inside for the high life, don't betray your friends, it's morally wrong and makes you into a bad person who doesn't like or recognize herself and it's not worth it".
One of those messages should be listened to by all those silly girls desperately wearing the aggressively trashy clothing and excessive bling; the other is a crock of bad beans.
Aside from that it's a wonderful movie and I enjoyed it immensely. ...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.
- Fun to Watch
I didn't have high hopes for this movie, but it really is great. All of the actors are really good, and even though I don't care much for fashion, I really enjoyed watching this!...more info
- The Devil Wears Prada (Widescreen Edition)
I gave this for a gift and they loved it. They thought it was hilarious and said Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway's characters were priceless. An excellent movie to watch and to share....more info
- Less than expected
From the widespread raves, you'd think this fairly thin coming of age tale was Shakespeare. It's not. It's an adaptation of a book I never read, but the title was slapped onto the movie to help sell it without any true reference to it in the film. Meryl Streep is the one to watch here. Her performance is outstanding. But the rest is rather cliched slapstick. I expected something more sophisticated. Silly me....more info
- 'That Girl' Meets Haute Couture
'The Devil Wears Prada' felt like a cinematic version of the old TV show 'That Girl' mated to a frenetic score, with the pretension of giving us a behind-the-scenes look at the fashion biz. Anne Hathaway is a real sweetheart, that's for sure. Her sappy Teddy Bear boyfriend was not very believable, though, with his "I'd rather you wear a sweatshirt and no makeup than see you looking drop-dead gorgeous in all those hot, expensive clothes!" attitude. Yeah, right. Neither, to me, was the character played by Streep believable. An underlying premise was that if she were a man acting so boorishly, no one would think twice. Perhaps this might be true for anyone lacking self respect. If she was a guy and talked to me like that, I'd deck her. Since she isn't, I'd simply tear her a new one verbally, toss her Prada shoes and Gucci whatever out the window and blow my nose on her Herm¨¨s scarf.
In the end, this is strictly a predictable chick flick. I mean, was the d¨¦nouement ever really in doubt? Hardly....more info
- Surprisingly Bad
I presume the book was better. Here we toss some stereotyped characters into an "oooh, bad office" situation and let them do...nothing. Meryl Streep brought her character to life, as always, and delivered a remarkable quantity of dialogue, but so what? The movie goes nowhere. Bumpkin, bad boss, fashion models... Like those models, it never gets past the surface, and it's a boring surface at that. No character, no plot, no witty dialogue, no humor, no point....more info
- Good Movie
I had seen it before, but wanted to share it with my husband. He enjoyed it....more info
- Meryl Streep carries this movie--- incredibly funny!
This brilliant film starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway is just incredibly funny. The "terrible" Miranda Priestly (Streep) and the docile Andy Sachs (Hathaway) make for an odd couple. But as it turns out the winners and losers in life are not necessarily what the rest of the world deems them to be. There is a lot to be said for love, family and quality of life. At the heart of this hilarious movie is a serious message... it is far too easy to ignore our hearts and dance to the drummer's beat instead... but it takes much more courage to take the path less traveled because it also happens to be less glamorous....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
- Great movie!
Great movie. Really funny. As usual Meryl Streep plays her roll to the hilt, she's perfect! Lots of fun! Quick and easy purchase thanks to Amazon.com....more info
If you dont love fashion, and youre not a girl: the story will nto be lost on you. BUT if you are well informed on fashion dos and donts, and especially about designers.. it ill make the film that much better! Fun and relateable....more info
- Over Promise, Under Deliver
Much praise was given to this less then interesting film. A two hour waste of time unless you are looking for something that won't require the use of any brain cells while viewing. ...more info
- Fun Fashion Film!
This movie is very well acted and directed, and a fun, light film. Anne Hathaway is amazing, and I look forward to seeing her in more serious roles as her career progresses - she is just stunning! Meryl Strep's performance is brilliantly wicked too, although I wonder if the fashion industry is really quite THAT wicked. At any rate, it makes for a fun movie! ...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
- 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
- must read review before watching
Last night I sat down to watch THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA with the wife. I knew it was a chick flick going into it. So I knew it would be tough to get through. But give me a break!
About 30 minutes into the movie, having all the fashion, make-up, clothing, and shoes I could handle, I got up from the couch, nodding approvingly and smiling. It was one of those forced smiles, like when you're out for cocktails, and realize that the sushi you ate an hour ago was rotten and there's about 200 people between you and the nearest bathroom.
Fortunately, I was at home, and the bathroom was right by the living room. What! was I going to do to get out of watching this damn movie??
"Think!" I said to myself. So I grabbed the curling iron, plugged it in, put my head in the toilet, and dropped the curling iron in it too.
"Ahh, what sweet relief this would be!" I thought.
Nothing. It didn't do anything. So I towel dried my hair and went back out to the couch. I suffered through another 15 minutes, but it seemed like years and years gone from my life. I got up again and headed to the bathroom. The electric shaver! That should do it. I plugged it in, turned it on, zzzzzzzzzzz, plunged my head into the toilet, and merrily dropped the shaver in after it. ZZzzzzzzzzzzzz, blurp, blurp...................... Again, nothing. What the f***?
I ran up the stairs, grabbed the toaster, went back down and into the bathroom.
"Are you all right?" she asked.
"Fine" I said.
Desperately, I plugged in the toaster, pulled down the lever, waited til it got nice and red-hot, dove head first into the toilet, and eagerly pulled the toaster into the oven.
ZZZzzzzzttttt. Zap! ZZzpppfff.
One little shock!? That's it!? I could get that by licking a god damn 9 volt!
DAMN THOSE G.F.I. breakers on the bathroom outlets! Damn you!...more info
- 2.5 stars out of 4
The Bottom Line:
If you take aside Meryl Streep's ice queen and the appealingly bitchy Emily Blunt, all you have left is a ridiculously contrived story without an inch of unpredictability; it's disposable entertainment for people who fetishize clothes....more info
- ONCE WAS ENOUGH FOR ME
I'M A 'PLAIN JANE' IN HER MID-FIFTIES, SO THERE WAS NO PULL FOR ME TO SEE THIS AGAIN & AGAIN. THE WORLD OF A FASHION DIVA JUST DIDN'T HAVE MUCH APPEAL FOR ME. HOWEVER, MY TWENTY-SOMETHING FRIEND FROM WV PUT THIS AT THE TOP OF HER CHRISTMAS LIST. ...more info
- The Movie is Much Better than the Book
The film adaptation for the novel, made this a much more interesting story line, and much more believable than the novel. For those that have read the book, you'll probably like the move better as it's a better story.
The casting for this moving was pretty right on, however the casting for the character Christian seemed way off. While charming, he was much older and much less attractive than expected - I and found it a little unvbelievable that he would turn Andie's head in any way. I had actually hoped this character would have a bigger role in the movie based on what I read in the book. This character could have been removed from the movie and wouldn't have made a different. Because of the casting, he should have been.
Meryl Streep is fabulous and nails this character perfectly as does Ann Hathaway. The clothes in the movie are great and it's a great story - just not one of the best movies ever. I would give it 3.5 stars out of 5. ...more info
- The Devil Wears Prada
While this film highlights how a college student makes the leap from school to professional life, I also believe that it highlights Meryl Streep's enormous talent although she is not the lead character. She gives such a commanding performance as the dominant impossible boss. In fact there are several outstanding supporting characters such as Stanley Tucci. He is priceless as the guy you love to hate. A really good script, plus great actors equal a great movie!
- Funny, but maybe too true!
The first time I saw this movie in the theater, I felt a little sick, because I have worked for women like Mirada. I went with a friend and she agreed, but since seeing it again on HBO and leaving the Mirandas, I think it is hysterical!!! Emily Blunt is really the star of the show. She is SO funny in this. But they are all good. When you have a bad day at work, just pop in this DVD and you will feel better....more info
- 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
- 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
- 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
- The Devil Wears Prada
Absolutely the best in movies! Loved the actors and the characters they played. Wish we had more of these type of movies. Excellent!...more info
- 20 min too short and too much focus on banal characters.
This movie works because the three central chracters (Andrea Sachs, Miranda Priestly, and Emily) are so interesting. This movie does not work as well as it should because it focuses too much of its time on the relatively banal peripheral (Andrea's boyfriend, friends, and father etc) characters.
That is really too bad because I found Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) to be one of the most fascinating characters I have seen in the movies in a long time. At the end of the movie, the viewer is left wanting to know more of her. Yet we know so little of her except her superficial outerself which so obviously belies something far more complex.
The central character, Andrea Sachs, is played by ever so likeable Anne Hathaway. When Anne Hatahaway plays a character, it is very hard to dislike that character. That ability is a major plus in a starlet, but it also limits her ability to play different and more complex roles.
Emily Blunt (who plays Emily) is, as Meryl Streep describes her, one of the best, if not the best, young actresses today. She successfully makes her limited role into a colorful and memorable character.
At the end of the movie, you will feel entertained and glad to know the glimpses of the 3 main characters. But you will also wish you had known more of them.
- Classic Anne Hathaway & Meryl Streep! Loved This Movie!
I enjoyed this movie so much, I went to the theatre to see it at least 10 times!
I watch this movie over and over, because it is so funny! The fashions are really cool.
A pleasant chick flick that the guys should also enjoy. Fabulous movie!...more info
- WAKE UP AND SMELL THE STARBUCKS: IT'S ANNE HATHAWAY'S FILM, NOT MERYL STREEP'S
I HATE Meryl Streep with a PASSION, but I received this DVD as a Christmas gift; so I felt obligated to watch this film at least once.
I think Streep, who never fails to make my skin crawl, is THE WORST actress of all time. She, on the other hand, clearly thinks SHE iS THE BEST-- and she has miraculously managed to convince a lot of other people to believe it as well. Monsterous Meryl, looking like a cross between herself, Cruella De Ville, and Martha Stewart, is perfectly cast to- type as ice- queen fashion editor Miranda Prestley. Miranda expects everyone and everything in life, including hurricane weather, to be at her beck and call. I imagine Meryl expects exactly the same in her real life. Meryl and Miranda would eat Audrey Hepburn for breakfast, but since "PRADA" is not a fun "FUNNY FACE", Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, and Stanley Tucci get eaten instead. Some vain attempt is made late in the film to show a "human" side of Miranda; but fashion folks are depicted as shallow and cut-throat here, and Miranda is no exception. This is the type of role that Meryl can "phone in" by now, and that's exactly what she does.
The surprise is that, if you can get past the endless screams of "Hail, Meryl"-- the film actually belongs to lovely Anne Hathaway and the supporting cast. Hathaway, Blunt, and Tucci all hold their own on screen opposite Meryl Streep surprisingly well. Hathaway plays Andrea Sachs, who takes a "temporary" job as Miranda's second assistant. Not surprisingly, Stanley Tucci gives her a fashion make-over (identical to the one Anne Hathaway received in "THE PRINCESS DIARIES") and Andrea quickly turns as shallow as the people she initially despises, and she gets caught up in the surface glamour and glitz of her job at "Runway Magazine." Her head is temporarily turned by sexy scoundrel Simon Baker.
I kept wishing for her to get her head back on straight and return to her adorably sexy boyfriend, played by Adrian Grenier. I also kept wishing for her to tell Miranda to go to hell and throw coffee in her face. She doesn't. Since Andrea is always fetching coffee for Miranda, I kept wishing she would wake up and smell the Starbucks!! She does, but it takes her a terribly LONG time!!!!...more info
- Not a total bomb, but not great either
Meryl Streep looks like she's have a great time getting to act so vicious, and somehow she manages to make her character believable throughout. I figure Anne did the movie for the free high-fashion clothing. I was highly disappointed in Anne's main character. They try to show her character has spunk and drive and faithfulness, but she just took the abuse too long for my liking, and her one-night stand was too easily passed over. Not a total bomb of a movie, but not all that great either....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
- 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
- Unintentionally depressing
This is the heart-chilling story of an intelligent young woman with a lot of potential--if a somewhat tenuous grasp on her own identity--who, through the course of the movie, has everything that was interesting or endearing stripped from her by an unfortunate expedition into a superfluous industry.
This, in and of itself, would not be so bad except for the fact that the viewer is supposed to feel good for her by the end. This movie would have made a great tragedy. It could have been a fantastic commentary about how many young college graduates, thrust into the real world without an adequate transition period, become the prey of a business world that eschews substance in favor of form, and are forced to take on scripted roles that crush the individual potential they once had. Instead, this movie celebrates this process, and for that it is saddening.
The script, on top of its depressing advocacy of modern materialism, was banal. From watching to the ten minute mark, just about anyone will be able to predict the denouement. It is utterly uncompelling as a story, and offers no memorable insights. The one mark in its favor is that the acting is good. The two leads do an impressive job with the sub-par material from which they had to work.
Overall, however, the cringe-worthy message and the hackneyed storyline make this a downright bad movie. It was painful to watch, because I liked Hathaway's character at the beginning of the movie, and I was insulted that I was supposed to applaud the descent into shallowness and frivolity and exposed the weakness of her character....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
- Obnoxious, vapid, nihilistic train wreck.
I agreed to watch this movie under the erroneous assumption that the director was going for something here, but that was likely due to my enduring and foolish optimism. I expected it to at least try to say something about crass consumerism and the ostentatious waste which fuels, along with gossip pages, our trend-obsessed culture. However tired the anticipated moral might be, and however saccharine we may expect its delivery to be based on the dozens of movies which have tackled the same subject, I was going to give the movie a chance. But, as they say, no good deed goes unpunished. I learned from this movie that it is better to conform to each cynical expectation which is placed upon you and to do it with such devotion and skill that you sacrifice everything else and, in the end, earn a grudging nod from someone with every cluster B personality disorder in the DSM. The movie made it a point to miss every opportunity to introduce some fallout or some consequence for becoming a self-absorbed toadie, and seems to do so deliberately. The worst we see in the movie is an extremely amiable break-up, once which seems to be the completion in any case of the plot of the all-too-common female fantasy of the innocuous castrated male best-friend/boyfriend roulade. And always, at all times, everything is done with the kinds of effusive displays of emotionalism that lead me to think that everyone in this movie is histrionic enough that they really do get some kind of life-affirming revelation from their gelato. As the movie dragged on, I realized that I was watching a slideshow of carefully packaged cliches, all calculated to sell to the kinds of shallow, deluded, self-absorbed Cosmo readers who raid the stacks at the local bookstores for books with pithy titles rendered in flowing script above a trendy picture of a skinny girl with boots, sunglasses, and a purse with a tiny little designer dog shoved inside. The movie wasn't meant to lambaste or parody anything. It wasn't meant to have a moral. It was calculated to win with focus groups and demographics. It was a script written in adspeak for women who are all too ready to parody themselves and think it "empowering". I'd watch this movie only if you desire to have your opinion of your fellow naked apes diminished even further....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
i did not like this movie it was stupid and boring. It is not even good stupid not worth it....more info
- Entertaining Chick Lit
It's funny, entertaining, a la Sex and the City the way it's all about fashion and life in big city NY.
Merryl Streep makes an awesome Cruela Deville meets a somber Janice Dickinson type. Anne Hathaway's perfect in it and that good looking guy from that HBO show (can't remember his name...), nice to see him in it.
The book's pretty good too! The Devil Wears Prada...more info
- Beauty turned ugly
Although potentially well acted and with the potential to have a good message there are major problems with this movie. Firstly, was it necessary for the main character to compromise not only her integrity but her base moral ideals to become successful? She did it. She turned her back on all that she once believed and became all that she was expected to by the fashion world. She gloats about her losing weight to fit into smaller sizes when she was beautiful the way she was. This sends a horrible message to the young girls of the world. Anne Hathaway in this movie turns from a well educated well grounded woman to a fashion obsessed, weight obsessed, success obsessed woman. She sleeps with a man in a terrible "one night stand" and turns her back on her boyfriend and close friends. And for all of this she is taken back in the end. He should have told her to get away and enjoy the new life she has created for herself. She gave up who she was to become some one else and only succeeded in making herself ugly....more info
- See the movie, but not just for Meryl Streep
If you've read even one review of this movie, you know there's widespread agreement that Meryl Streep does a fabulous job as the icy cold and understated yet verbally abusive, fashion editor icon, Miranda Priestly. And I completely agree: I find myself eagerly awaiting Meryl's every icy barb or condescending look over her reading glasses. I kept thinking how Miranda's behavior was completely opposite from the managerial advice of the "One Minute Manager", "catch someone doing something right." And so much for communication being a two-way street with Miranda saying her piece and terminating the discussion with "that is all." Anyone who's even taken one business management course will get a kick out of Miranda managing people the opposite of of how it's taught.
But the movie is worth watching for more reasons than Meryl Streep alone. Beyond Streep, there's the acting of the other characters: Anne Hathaway's "fish out of water"/"trial by fire"/"do what you gotta do to succeed" metamorphosis. First assistant Emily Blunt's persona of snooty rudeness to the only person she can boss (Anne Hathaway's character) while being a bundle of nerves around her boss. And hetereosexual actor, Stanley Tucci's performance of the gay fashion director, Nigel, for which he beat out gay actors for the part. And yes, these folks' acting holds up quite well, even if Miranda Priestly had been played by Helen Mirren or another actress.
Second, this is a movie that made me think. It can trigger many discussions about:
* Life's tradeoffs one often does to succeed in one's career.
* Is one's career ladder against the wrong wall?
* How the rich and powerful can get away with bullying their assistants merely because they're rich and powerful.
* How would having a boss like Miranda really play out in real life? Could she have really gotten as far as she has by being so verbally abusive and uncomplimentary to her staff?
* Why there are so many eating disorders in the fashion industry. In the world of Runway Magazine, size 6 is considered fat, and a reduction to size 4 is to be celebrated.
I highly recommend watching for (1) Meryl Streep, (2) Excellent performances by the other main actors, and (3) The fact that the movie is so thought-provoking. Worth watching with a friend and discussing it afterwards....more info
- Wakeup Call Kind of Movie
If you know a woman who is still being controlled by her husband (financially as well as emotionally) then buy her any movie that portrays women in power and eventually she will get the message. After watching this movie my recipient got her own bank account and started investing. Some women have been purposely sheltered in their marriage for so long that a simple gesture like buying The Devil Wears Prada can lay the groundwork for a "Bad Marriage Intervention" talk. ...more info
- as promised
I bought this dvd for my lady friend because she wanted it for her collection....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
- Very enjoyable
This is a very pleasant and charming film with some great lines in it. Well worth watching. ...more info
- Deliciously Devilish!
When this film came out and the buzz began about Streep's Oscar worthy performance, I didn't find the time to see it. Now that it's on DVD, I am eating it up like a Junior's Cheesecake (New Yorkers will know what I mean). Here is why I LOVE LOVE LOVE this film: I had a boss like Miranda Priestly once. The first day she placed her dirty lunch tray on my "out" box I knew the job was not going to be good on my psyche. In fact, much like Andy as the aspiring writer, I wrote my first college A+ essay on the trials of being someone's assistant thanks to the material my former boss gave me. In comparison, at least Andy's job had the perks of the fashion industry like shoes, clothes and accessories; mine just had the late nights and lowly paycheck.
Nevertheless, back to my review. Streep is on point as the "Dragon Lady" Miranda, editor in chief of RUNWAY magazine (the equivalent of VOGUE). Her subtle glances of disapproval, slight snicker and tilt of the head, all speak volumes while hapless assistant, Andy, is trying her best to get the job done. Having no background in the fashion industry or its demands, she stumbles along trying to win over the respect or at least appreciation of her coworkers and superiors, all of whom seem to take pleasure in humiliating her in every area from her onion breath to the way she clops around in what looks like a pair of clumsy Payless loafers.
The sheer materialism is no joke, this is really how it is in MANY corporate offices, not just in fashion, but also in the beauty industry, advertising and the list goes on. Give the wrong person a title and it will go to his or her head, making them behave as if somehow they are "above" the rest of us, they are irreplaceable, and maybe even immortal.
The supporting characters are strong, especially Stanley Tucci as the senior designer who bascially takes Andy under his wing to transform her into a work of art, fashionably speaking. His wit and sarcasm are perfect, and again, I worked with people like him so I totally related to his character. The plot was predictable, and of course you get the sense that Andy will eventually disappoint her friends by choosing work over partying, but that in the end her conscience will take over and .... well, I don't want to be a spoiler here. Enjoy this for what it's worth, not for anything earth shattering or new, but for a sometimes comical, always sarcastic look at life in the world of high fashion. Plus, the on location filming in New York City is awesome, as is the soundtrack, chock full of hits from Madonna to U2 and Alanis Morissette. ...more info
- Meryl Streep walks ...or I should say "struts" ...away with the show
"The Devil Wears Prada" is about a recent Ivy League graduate that can't find a job to pay the bills while waiting to be a successful writer. She finally lands a job as an assistant to the personal assistant of a top fashion magazine editor. The only trouble is she never heard of the editor, nor read the magazine, nor has any fashion sense. Unfortunately, the editor is a self-absorbed, fiercely ambitious woman who barely talks above a whisper, but has an attitude that is as frosty and drop dead cold as her hair.
And yet, this is a fun movie. Thanks to Meryl Streep who turns simple lines like "That's all" and "Why is nobody ready?" into comedic classics. She deftly rides the line between nasty and comical. As the movie develops, Ms. Streep is also able to break from the script's clich¨¦ of the lonely heart behind the powerful woman. Meryl Streep even decided to go an extra step and do one of these scenes with no make-up, a rarity in Hollywood movies, to show how tired, worn and, well...normal...her character really is.
So, what's the movie like when Meryl isn't in a scene? Not as good. Anne Hathaway plays the new assistant, but with not nearly as many shades as Meryl Streep. After a particularly nasty chewing out by the boss, Ms. Hathaway's character decides to give herself a fashion makeover, take her job seriously and impress the boss. However, unlike Ms. Streep, Anne Hathaway can not break out of the script's predictability to make it more engaging. Other developments of her character, equally predictable, bring the movie dangerously close to showing its "chick lit" roots. As a repeat viewer of this movie, most of these scenes are frequently skipped.
Other characters are Anne Hathaway's boyfriend, who is a bland sounding board for Anne. Two others, however, a loyal long suffering employee played by Stanley Tucci and the other assistant, played by Emily Blunt, manage to edge into Meryl's limelight and generate a few laughs and some interest.
But it's Meryl Streep, by flinging her coat or tossing a steak after half a bite, or simply saying "That wasn't a question", that generates laughs, amazement and even, once in awhile a "Gee, I'd like to try working for her."
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- But God Wears Christian Dior!
William Shakespeare once said, "Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger." This movie definitely made me stronger. I think what I enjoyed most about it was how it fully immersed the viewer in the world of high-fashion. It was a feast for all five senses! And Meryl Streep was A-MAZING. But when is she not? I swear, I would even watch her in a movie where all she did was sing Bay City Rollers songs through the whole thing! Well, maybe not, but you get my drift! ;) Anyway, she starts out as a real Grade A B at the beginning, but I think you'll be in for a surprise with her by the end. You just have to see it, the way she just... she's so subtle! But also, not, when she needs to be. And it's TOTALLY BELIEVABLE.
Anne Hathaway is also very attractive in her role, but sometimes not. It's complicated....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
I bought this DVD for work- i work with teenagers to watch it in relation to the media portrayal of fashion and the bullying tactics in this movie-man meryl is a nazi in this movie-a good story line too-which is nice to see for hollywood!...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
- An Unexpected Triumph - Deeper Than Anticipated
Far more than just a humorous take on the fashion industry, a mere 40 minutes into the story, we begin developing deep connections and storylines. Amidst the office humor, we are introduced to the complexity of balancing career aspirations, intimate relationships and personal development. Pretty heavy stuff for what I presumed was a light breezy film.
The story follows Andrea (known to friends as "Andy" - and played by Anne Hathaway) after she accepts a job as 2nd assistant to the "Devil" Miranda - played flawlessly by Meryl Streep. Think of Miranda as a real life Leona Helmsley, someone I personally admired. A woman with passion for excellence and a sharp (often misconstrued as b*itchy) attitude. Andrea develops in her new career, and agrees to "serve" one year, if she can "s*ck it up". Her career attitude affects her personal one, and her long-term relationship with her boyfriend and close circle of friends suffers. In the meantime, her career advances, and she is also pursued by a man of the business, who wants more than just her business assets.
As the film draws to an end, Andrea realizes the person she "truly" is, and makes decisions that will affect her career, and her relationships. Some of which comes too late.
While this review makes the movie out to be more of a drama than a comedy, there are ample laughs throughout the film. But unlike strict comedy's, this one has several serious moments, especially in the second half. Well worth viewing. Great on a cold winter night, or rainy summer evening. Or just anytime you need something on the light side with an ample amount of drama spliced in.
This was a solid 4, but I gave it a 5, because I would watch it again (and I rarely watch movies twice). I found the deeper side of the story made this film rare in it's category. Without it, it would have been "just another" 3-star film (maybe 4)....more info
- Great film, but use Netflix
Great film, but use Netflix to rent movies. Netflix response time is phenomenal. You don't have to buy DVDs anymore....more info
- It's fluff, but it's good fluff
As has been said in other reviews, it is truly the stellar cast and acting of this film that make it wonderful. Otherwise, I'm afraid that the fluffy plot would bomb. But the actors are fresh, funny, and very much into making the movie work. Most of the joy of watching this is indeed the actors and their corresponding characters.
But do not be mistaken by the fluffy plot comment. While I'm sure that this is the type of movie that would drive many nuts, those that can appreciate simple light-hearted goodness will enjoy this. It's funny, sweet, and, while not carrying too much in the way of complexity, packs plenty of heart.
It's fun to watch, and Hathaway and Streep have amazing banter. If that's all you need to like a movie, this will work well....more info
- Great Movie!
An instant classic! I've watched it again and again. Movie arrived in great condition....more info
- Yuck...with 2 exceptions
Streep & Tucci are great but they are like a diamond & an emerald set in a rotten half-eaten pizza. The feel is all wrong for the industries this movie is pretending to depict (fashion & publishing), too broad, too sloppy, too sophomorically smug.
There is no edge to any of the humor (aside from Tucci & Streep's delightful performances) & the worst thing is the lead (Hathaway) has no comic timing & no sense of the character separate from her own narcissistic love of herself.
Being a Katie Holmes look-alike is just not enough....more info
- Ah corporate greed; can it be overcome; should it be?
This is a fun little story. It is adapted form a book and adjusted with a few changes to a formula (very predictable) story of corporate greed vs. individual morality. On this inner journey for the beauty of one's soul we are treated to an outward experience of the world of fashion.
Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) an aspiring writer is hard up for a job and lands one as an assistant to Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep ), top fashion designer and feared ruthless executive. Soon she is sucked into a would that She had not idea existed. In the book she is entices by the perks of free stylish goodies. In the move she is slowly seduced by the devil (Miranda) herself . She is mentored and guides past the competition by Nigel (Stanley Tucci.)
Do you recognize the Vivian West and Bill Ballast? How about the other vintage styles. Just as the styles will not distract from the movie neither will the sound score which does not try to compete with the dialog; however it does abruptly change volume.
Even if the story is formula the acting and actors make this a fun way to pass time. So gird your loins.
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