The Devil Wears Prada

Distributed By: 20th Century Fox

Reviewed by Justine Manzano

           It took me over a month to get to see The Devil Wears Prada, but I finally got to it.  I was hyped to see it, but somehow, life got in the way—thankfully not for long enough to make me unsuccessful in my task.  The movie contained many actors whom I personally love and it was fun going with the diverse mix of people that I went with.  For one, there was me, the technical movie viewer, my husband Ismael, (if you’ve read his column ever, you’d know what he was like), and my fashion conscious best friend, Joy, who is pretty no-nonsense about what she wants in a movie.  I knew just from my co-viewers that there was no way this movie could be dull.  Either we would love it or we would make fun of it…a lot.

            Based on the best-selling novel by Lauren Weisberger, The Devil Wears Prada follows journalist Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway, The Princess Diaries 1 & 2, Brokeback Mountain) who has struggled in New York with her boyfriend Nate (Adrian Grenier, Entourage) to make ends meet as she attempts to land a writing job and he attempts to land a job as a chef.  Unfortunately, she finds herself unsuccessful and ends up working at a major magazine—as an assistant.  Runway is a very popular fashion magazine, but Andy cares little about the fashion world and even less about being someone’s assistant.  She doesn’t even know who Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep, I know I don’t have to tell you what she’s been in) is and she has to work for her.  But Priestly is a fashion maven, nicknamed “The Dragon Lady,” and rightfully so, by anyone who has ever borne witness to her wrath. 

            Andy is put down and dragged about by everyone who works with her until, fed up and determined to make some journalistic contacts through this opportunity, she begs designer and new friend Nigel (Stanley Tucci) to help her fit in.  He gives her a wardrobe and extensive knowledge of fashion.  She gains confidence and finds herself suddenly able to handle everything Miranda throws her way.  As she grows to like her job more and more, she finds that her relationship with Nate grows further and further apart.  But has she found what she’s really meant for, or has she sold her soul to The Dragon Lady?

            This movie was a boon for all involved.  The direction was incredible, featuring brilliant fashion montages and amazing shots of Paris and New York City, the two locations in which the movie is situated.  The writing was great, and made me want to read the book this movie was borne of.  The acting was stupendous.  Streep plays Priestly in a way that fluctuates between over the top diva behavior to a quiet and subtle pain.  Tucci is absolutely hilarious as Andy’s sidekick.  And Hathaway, looks like this role was meant for her—she plays Andy with such likeability that it becomes difficult to dislike her despite the fact that you know she is very much on the wrong road.

            All in all, this movie ended up being a fun ride for all of us.  We were all amazed at the brilliant intermingling of quippy lines and tear-jerking moments and Joy was especially in awe of just how much money went into the parade of fashion we were met with at every turn.  So, there you have it—three very different people loving the same movie—and so will you.  Check it out before it leaves theaters or wait patiently for the DVD.  This baby is worth it. 


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