Release Date: June 30th, 2006 by Twentieth Century Fox.
The Cast: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci, Emily Blunt, Adrian Grenier, Daniel Sunjata, Tracie Thoms, Simon Baker.
Directed by David Frankel.
BASIC PREMISE: Andy Sachs (Hathaway) must deal with her mean boss, Miranda Priestly (Streep), while working as her assistant in Runway, a popular fashion magazine. ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: As usual, Meryl Streep gives a terrific performance as Miranda. It’s hard to take your eyes off of her in every single one of her scenes. Her facial expressions along make her look tough and mean. When Andy arrives for her new job, Miranda does everything in her capability to make her job miserable—essentially, Andy becomes her slave. What makes this film so much fun, though, is watching Andy gradually get out of her role as a corporate slave by being one step ahead of Miranda. Andy has a lot at stake besides her job. She also lives with her boyfriend, Nate (Grenier), but, predictably, doesn’t spend enough time with him. Stanley Tucci gives a hilarious performance in a small role as Andy’s coworker. Also very well-cast is Emily Blunt, another coworker who must deal with Miranda’s rudeness and Simon Baker as a handsome potential love interest for Andy. Fortunately, screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna keeps the humor coming often, but without going over the top—refreshingly, there’s no toilet humor. McKenna makes sure not to neglect character development and includes not only believable scenes, but witty, quotable dialogue. It’s also worth mentioning that the smooth, slick cinematography along with the superb costume designs make for a very stylish film that’s easy to watch. From start to finish, The Devil Wears Prada feels thoroughly entertaining without a minute that drags.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: Anyone who has ever had a boss will be able to relate to this film to some degree. Hopefully, you never had and will never have a boss as tough as Miranda, but it’s not impossible. In fact, her character is based on a real-life editor-in-chief of Vogue. An important message that comes up is that every worker must find the right balance between work and their social life—it’s not always easy, especially when you have to work long hours. Also, the way Andy deals with Miranda’s bitchiness shows the importance of dealing with unlikable people in a mature, respectable way without getting into any fights which you wouldn’t be able to win. It’s usually unwise to try to straighten out those who abuse their power—especially if your salary is in their hands. In reality, arrogant, rude people like Miranda are actually weak and insecure inside. They just can’t afford to show it.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
IN A NUTSHELL: Smart, slick and funny. Meryl Streep gives an amazing performance.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)
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