Director: David Frankel
Starring: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Stanley
Tucci, Simon Baker, Adrien Grenier
RunTime: 1 hr 50 mins
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Opening Day: 31 August 2006
REVIEW OF "THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA"
Devil wears Prada, starring Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep.
In this comedy, based on the best-selling book of the same
name, Andrea Sachs (Hathaway) gets the job a million girls
would kill for, assistant to legendary fashion magazine editor,
Miranda Priestly (Streep). Survival on the job for one year
means that Andrea can pursue her dream of becoming a journalist.
Navigating her way through the glamorous world of the fashion
industry proves to be a lot more difficult than she imagined.
As the demands of her brilliant boss become more outrageous
and the job pressures mount, Andrea needs to decide whether
one year working for Miranda Priestly is worth the price of
It is said that clothes maketh a man, or in this case, a woman,
but that's quite superficial, much like the very maligned
facade of the fashion industry which The Devil Wears Prada
doesn't avoid stereotyping. However, it's rather enjoyable
and provided identifiable elements in the story for audiences
to follow through.
on a novel by Lauren Weisberger, this David Frankel directed
movie opens with a montage of ladies getting dressed for work,
and while you wonder what's taking them so long, it helps
a guy like me appreciate the pains they go through to look
good. The movie starts off like what you see in the trailer,
introducing Anne Hathaway as Andrea Sachs, a young journalism
graduate seeking a job at a premier fashion magazine called
you would half expect, the editor-in-chief for a magazine
of that kind of stature would either be tremendously flamboyant
and charismatic, or steely cold with a cynical attitude born
out of being the only opinion which matters in the industry.
Meryl Streep plays Miranda Priestly, and unfortunately for
Andrea as she finds out, Miranda belongs to the latter. And
being the apprentice never is easy, especially when you get
thrown into the deep end of the pool on your first day, and
are expected to either sink or swim.
an interesting look at jobs essentially, nevermind the industry
it's set in. Is what you're doing a stepping stone to something
else in the future? Do you truly love your job? Is your boss
and colleagues giving you nightmares? Do you call it quits
halfway when the going gets tough (or almost impossible),
or do you have what it takes to belong amongst the tough who
gets going? You also ponder upon where the line is drawn between
work-life balance, and wonder at the loneliness faced when
you're at the top of your game, and the number of people you
probably have to step to get there.
Hathaway keeps her clothes on in this movie, and wow, all
the girls watching this movie will probably be instantly falling
for all the branded fashion togs on display. From shoes to
bags to gowns, Hathaway carries the wardrobe with aplomb,
as do many other models and actresses in the movie. With her
bambi large eyes, her Andrea is the wide-eyed ingenue totally
clueless to the fashion industry, but as the outsider, able
to bring with her a fresh perspective and dogged determination
to succeed in a job role (with the obvious perks) that millions
of girls would kill for.
star Meryl Streep, last seen on screen in Prime earlier this
year, actually looked very glamourous, and is perfectly cast
as the cynical editor-in-chief of the Runway. Ever so cold,
and always able to hurt with her acidic tongue, her impossibly
demanding Marinda Priestly is the perfect example of the Dragon
Lady from Hell. While there are moments to try and present
a softer side to her character, these are quickly overshadowed
by her mean demeanour, as the dark side is ever so present
and in her blood. What works too is the chemistry between
Meryl and Anne, as they personify the love hate relationship
between employer and employee, and the unwitting apprentice
in the wings, in a pretty believable manner.
supporting cast are pretty eye candy, like Emily (Emily Blunt),
the first assistant to Priestly, and the particularly likeable
Stanley Tucci as Nigel the valued right hand man, who's also
seen in Lucky Number Slevin (currently playing in theatres
at time of writing), and best remembered for his role chasing
Tom Hanks around The Terminal. Accentuating the movie is the
by prominent artistes such as U2, Jamiroquai and Madonna,
whose instantly recognizable song Vogue is so apt for a movie
the rat race, it's always a constant challenge to break the
rhythm when you have something good going on. If your rather
enjoyable work becomes detrimental to things you hold dear
to, would you?
(An enjoyable and extremely watchable "chick flick"
with great chemistry between Streep and Hathaway. The fickleness
of high fashion surely never looked so fun to be in)
Review by Stefan Shih