Devil Wears Prada - Movie Review
Genre: Comedy /
Directed by: David Frankel
Starring: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Stanley
Tucci, Adrian Grenier
Released by: 20th Century
Short: Meryl Streep's terrific performance
is the only highlight in this by-the-numbers
comedy/drama centered around the high-powered
fashion magazine industry.
Rather Be Shopping
a good thing Meryl Steep is such a great actress. Otherwise,
spending two hours watching “The Devil Wears Prada”
would be akin to watching a by-the-numbers made-for-television
movie, with an all-too-familiar story of a naïve
young person going to the big city and being tempted to
give up her values and morals in exchange for money, power
and (of course) clothes.
thinly veiled satire of how real-life Vogue editor
Anna Wintour wields an iron hand at that magazine is based
on the roman à clef written by her former assistant.
A white-haired Streep (sporting the same distinctive color
as Wintour) stars in the role of Miranda Priestly, the
editor of the fictional Runway magazine, a fashion doyenne
who chews up assistants and spits them out.
aspiring journalist Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway), a Midwest
gal with a preppy fashion sense, and (gasp!) a size 6
body. Neither is acceptable in the haute couture New
York world she enters as Miranda's new assistant,
and thus her transformation begins. Naturally, you cannot
be at a top fashion magazine unless you are size 2 or
smaller, nor can you wear preppy styles or have frizzy
hair, so Andy quickly shifts into the correct look, a
transformation that Hathaway's inherent beauty makes easy.
slices up the screen as an over-the-top, horrible boss
in a terrific performance, but unfortunately, Hathaway's
acting chops just can't carry her share of the load. She's
the ostensible lead, but the combination of her uninspired
performance and a predictable script is deadly, making
us wish we had spent the time actually shopping for new
clothes, rather than watching them go by on screen.
Devil Wears Prada” is for die-hard fashionistas
only; so if you just MUST be the first to have the latest
thing, by all means go and see the film. Otherwise, use
the money you would have spent on tickets to start your
own Jimmy Choo shoe fund.