SPOILERS AHEAD (this movie is almost a decade old though..)
For some reason everytime I watch “The Devil Wears Prada” I get rather nostalgic. Not that I watch this movie a lot, actually I think this is probably the 2nd full time I’ve ever watched this movie. I mostly caught bits and pieces when it was on its HBO run months after it came out.
Seemingly this movie was the product of an era where everything Apple did was technologically mind blowing, and every single U2 released found its way into sophisticated movie scenes.
When I mention this movie to people, most seem to pass it off as a “girl movie”, but there’s a little more here. Meryl Streep deserves a lot of credit for her role as an awful person. Anne Hathaway finds her usual role as the unsuspecting pretty girl who rocks the world when she reveals a hidden talent even she didn’t know she had. Yeah…her role sounds kind of cliché, and it is. Emily Blunt is great in this movie as the crazy assistant who has lived in the world we are introduced to. There are many great performances that brings this cast full circle, and give it the feel of a solid movie.
The real shock of this movie is that Hathaway’s character survives in such a cut-throat environment, and chooses to walk away on her own accord. And even though you are made to cheer for her, you can’t help but know that if she did ANY job as badly as she starts out doing this job then she would be almost immediately fired. The relationships that they show being built are a result of people taking pity on her, and not really caring about who she is or what she does. The movie seems to attempt a kind of subtext that portrays the negative aspects of both the fashion and business worlds.
The movie does a great job of feeling longer than it is without feeling longer than necessary. I hate admitting that I enjoyed this movie so much, but it offers a fun look at a not so fun type of business (and one of the hardest businesses to get into). Before I start rambling on about this movie, I will wrap up by saying that the thematic elements this movie presents are impressive but subtle.
The facial expressions from Meryl Streep work in a way that many movies cannot accomplish. Finding the right balance between being terribly evil and being developed as the villain seems hard in this day and age. Meryl Streep’s character, Miranda, is developed in a couple scenes. We will focus on 5 specific that show how to develop without coming right out to say how troubled the person really is, go back and watch these scenes to understand.
- The first time she interviews Hathaway’s character
– This shows that she is clearly the mean person that everyone should avoid in the halls like everyone in Runway does apparently.
- When she looks her over when she is wearing the blue sweater and looks awful.
– This clever dialogue really delves in the knowledge and the deserving respect and fear that most people have of Miranda. More or less proves that Hathaway’s character has NO idea what she has gotten herself into.
- When Hathaway finds out that Miranda and her husband are getting a divorce, it almost makes you think she has a heart because it’s clearly broken.
– This provides a depth that didn’t seem present when she first came on screen.
- When Streep tells Hathaway that she sees herself in her and that she will succeed in fashion
-This shows that there was a point to the madness, and not just evil to be evil. My perception of villains is skewed, admittedly, because of the lack of developed villains in the superhero genre.
- when Streep sees her outside the Runway office and Streep seems happy once she gets in the car that Hathaway got out.
– This allows us to see that Streep will not truly be happy in her life, and that she feels joy for Hathaway’s character because she will live the life that Streep wishes she had, even though Streep tells herself she is living the life that everyone wants.
Anyway, I’ll stop rambling now. I’ll go ahead and give my rating.
I’d give this an 8 out of 10. I enjoy it everytime I watch it, and I would absolutely suggest this on HBOGO.
If you’re a guy, watch this with your significant other. It’ll give you an excuse to watch Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation next weekend instead of another chick flick!