The Devil Wears Prada Movie Review

Friday, September 02, 2011

'This... stuff'? Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select... I don't know... that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you're trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don't know is that that sweater is not just blue, it's not turquoise. It's not lapis. It's actually cerulean. And you're also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent... wasn't it who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it's sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you're wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff." - Miranda Priestly

I totally love this movie! :) It’s a Über-chick flick and I really enjoyed it. Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep looked so gorgeous here. Let's not forget Emily Blunt, really WOW, I simply love her make up, flawless! wish I can learn how to do it or make that how to put on make up, I need a make over actually..moving on :) Basically, this movie is all about fashion, runway, boy trouble and boss meets employee type of relationship. 

The movie is all about Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway), a recent journalism graduate, takes a job as second assistant to the director of Runway Magazine, Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep). There she must contend with her demonic boss and the aspiring demon first assistant Emily (Emily Blunt). First and foremost of them is the performance of Meryl Streep as the cold as ice boss from hell Miranda Priestly. It is a truly fantastic performance, crafting a memorable character without any of the histrionics you’d expect from the villain of the piece. Streep plays Miranda with an eternal cool, never raising her voice to even a conversational level, or showing expression more exaggerated than the pursing of her lips. As a result, you instantly understand the fear and respect she induces in her underlings and colleagues, and begin to cheer for Andy to avoid her wrath, and perhaps even win her over. Streep is undoubtedly slumming it here, but never lets it show with her performance.

Andy goes into Runway Magazine all serious, journalistic, literary, sweet, and definitely out of place, but as she becomes good at her job in high fashion, and also becomes fashionable, she turns into the Dark Side and becomes a detestable fashionista, alienating her friends and boyfriend. Anne Hathaway carries the film decently when Streep isn’t around, with Stanley Tucci chipping in as the engaging fashion director Nigel, fulfilling the fairy godmother role in helping Andy in this fairytale. I love Nigel! :) He's so adorable :)

Other than that, the best reason to watch the movie is the fashion on display. I’m no expert in the field by any stretch, but I will say that if you’re into that sort of thing, then you should get enough out of this movie even if you don’t care for the story or any of the characters. Of course, if you are into that sort of thing, you probably have already seen the movie several times and don’t need me to tell you about it. Still, the costume department did such a good job being fashion forward that after Andy made her transformation, I could somewhat understand why everyone was dumping on her before, even though Anne Hathaway is anything but an ugly duckling.

In the end, The Devil Wears Prada is a movie that should play well to its audience, despite bringing very little new to the table. It has a few shining lights, with Meryl Streep outshining them all, but still doesn’t manage to be more than a thoroughly average affair. :) 
Two thumbs up! :)

watch the trailer here:

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  1. loved this movie meself! :)

  2. This is one of my top favorite movies of all time :) maybe because I somehow can relate to Andy :) Thanks for dropping by Mikie :)