The devil wears Prada
(David Frankel, 2006)
A smart but sensible new graduate lands a job as an assistant to Miranda Priestly, the demanding editor-in-chief of a high fashion magazine.
I have seen this movie a millions times. It is one of those movies that I put on for background noise, that said, I have not seen it in awhile. I am never exactly sure why I like it so much.
The movie is about Andrea Sachs’ (Anne Hathaway) journey from frumpy wannabe journalist to a fashionable, go-to girl who unfortunately has to pick her career over love and a social life. Like, most women, Andrea is faced with the obstacles that hinder a well-balanced life.
Firstly, what I don’t like about this movie is the dichotomy of types of women that it presents. Either women care about their appearance, fashion, and makeup, OR they are like Andrea, a pig. I really do not like all of the sarcastic quips about Andrea being fat. I think it really highlights what is wrong with the fashion industry, which is exactly what this movie is about!
I don’t like Anne Hathaway, who plays Andrea Sachs. I don’t find that I am cheering for her, and I want Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) to squash her. The expectations put on Andrea are ridiculous. I get that the fashion and magazine businesses are fast-paced and competitive, but I find it hard to believe that anyone could possibly be seen to make it through that day!
Andrea’s boyfriend, Nate, played by Adrian Grenier is a complete ass. For some reason, he thinks that his birthday is way more important than Andrea’s career. And, why can’t she enjoy her job at Runway?? Why do women have to be either into fashion and wear makeup or not at all in to it? Also, why can’t someone change!? People are allowed to change. Even her dad doesn’t understand why she thinks that a job at runway cannot be fulfilling.
Christian Thompson’s eyebrows. That’s it. His eyebrows. Well, also his nickname for Andrea, Miranda-girl. She has a fucking name. Emily.
Emily Blunt is amazing as Emily! I love her accent, and I cheer for her in this movie. Andrea is an overachieving blunderer. If it wasn’t for Emily, I can’t imagine how Andrea would get on. She saves her ass countless times.
As far as makeover movies go, this is one is at the top of the list. It is a fashion movie, where the main character becomes a better worker and basically gives herself a makeover. Think, legally blonde meets view from the top.
I love her look, once she gets style, which I wish they would kind of explain how she developed her style. I guess this should actually be on the bad list, because why in hell wouldn’t they actually show the makeover!!
Stanley Tucci!! I love him in everything. He plays Nigel, who helps Andrea to fit in, gives her the makeover, and ultimately gets totally fucked over by Miranda.
In the end, Andrea discovers how back-stabbing the magazine and fashion industries can be, she decides to give up her job at Runway in order to be true to herself. She takes the lessons she learns at Runway and gets a job at another magazine which is more suited to her.
I think the best part of this movie is how it highlights how hard it can be for women in relationships. The old trope that you can’t have it all is not necessarily true if you have a good and understanding partner, which Andrea does not. Her partner is awful. I think that their relationship is very early 20’s. Two people who are changing, and who do not realize that it is okay to break up! Not every relationship ends in marriage, sometimes they do, and it doesn’t mean that you should not try, but don’t kill yourself trying to make it work. Relationships are work, and they are full-time jobs, but they should be fulfilling and supportive.
The devil wears Prada receives 3 life-saving cubes of cheese out of a possible 5.