By J Rodgers | Image property of 20th Century Fox.
The Devil Wears Prada
How much of yourself are you willing to compromise to get ahead? This is the dilemma of Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) in The Devil Wears Prada.
The Devil Wears Prada Review
Upon coming to New York to get into the literary world, she learns you must start at the bottom and pay your dues before being hired as a serious journalist. As a last resort she interviews for a job at the fashion magazine Runway (fashion being something she knows nothing about). After meeting the magazine's editor, Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), Sachs is not sure what she has gotten herself into. She is told she has no fashion sense and is huge at her size 6 frame. The metamorphosis of Sachs from a mousy Midewestern journalism school graduate into an of-the-minute fashionista with the help of stylist Nigel (subtly played by Stanley Tucci) is stunning.
Miranda Priestly is a demanding editor who settles for nothing short of perfection. She expects it from everyone connected with the magazine and in her life. She has all at her beck and call without ever raising her voice. She strikes fear in her employeees. Streep shines in this role. She is impeccably coiffed and dressed in haute couture. The wardrobe is beyond beautiful for the entire cast.
The movie is homage to fashion and the world's great designers are all represented. Andy's boyfriend (the adorable Adrain Grenier) attempts to maintain her moral compass. He, a struggling chef, is working at a modest restaurant awaiting his big break. He loses patience with the changes in Andy and her lack of time for anything but the demands of "The Devil." Andy has changed everything about herself that he loved and their future is in jeopardy. Sachs' brief dalliance with the writer Christian Tomlinson (Simon Baker) leads the audience to believe their relationship is over.
The soundtrack provides an upbeat backdrop for the amazing clothes. The scenic panoramas of New York and Paris are love letters to both cities. The fun in the film is watching Andy learn from first assistant Emily (Emily Blunt) how to survive as Miranda's second assistant. There is a twist wherein the student becomes better at the job than the teacher. Other twists at the end of the film add to the fun.
This dramedy is a look into the fashion world where Miranda Priestly is convinced the whole world is ultimately affected by fashion. Andy decides maybe that world is not for her after all. If you loved the book (the film is a departure) you will love this Devilish summer getaway.