The Devil Wears Prada (2006) “No, No. That Wasn’t A Question.”

RATING: 3/5

DIRECTOR: David Frankel

A position at Runway fashion magazine is the  credit that you want on your CV and resume. Miranda Priestly (Streep) is the editor and needs a new personal assistant. A new journalist graduate in Andy Sachs (Hathaway) enters the scene as the naive newbie on the block. She’s  the laughing stock of the magazine company as they question why Priestly has hired her. She doesn’t have fashion sense, but he sweet nature of her character is why Streep’s character hired her.

Watching the film we see Hathaway’s character enslave herself to the boss’s demands,  wants and needs twenty four hours a day. It becomes apparent that as much as Sachs wants professional development in a new business career  sacrifices have to be made. Her boyfriend in Grenier slowly gets pushed to the sidelines along with friends. She must do her job. Work/Life balance is unbalanced.

 Is there some reason that my coffee isn’t here? Has she died or something? – Miranda

The film explores the theme of career advancement and just how willing are we wanting it against our own internal beliefs.

This light comedy does have moments where you want more and it is fun to see Stanley Tucci in a role that he was born to play. Streep is at home in this role but can sometimes be seen too easy for her. Hathaway adds the right amount of cuteness and charm to the role and mixes it up nicely with Emily Blunt’s opposing character.  What I did want to see was more plot points and thread to Grenier’s character and friends. When the film brings its resolution, we saw it coming but it could have been given extra weight if we saw less of Streep and more development with friends.

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The film was adapted by a book of the same title written by Lauren Weisburger unread by myself. I am sure it delves into business, fashion industry, and career a whole lot more than this film has done.

This film shows that when you want to get somewhere in life, you have to understand yourself a little more clearly otherwise you’ll get lost in the process.

CAST:

Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly

Anne Hathaway as Andy Sachs

Emily Blunt as Emily

Stanley Tucci as Nigel

Adrian Grenier as Nate

 

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