Published on February 6th, 2010 | by Yellow Magpie5
The Devil Wears Prada Film Review: A Movie With Vivid Performances
The Devil Wears Prada Film Review
Director: David Frankel.
Cast: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, Simon Baker and Adrian Grenier.
Here is Yellow Magpie’s The Devil Wears Prada film review.
The Devil Wears Prada is a fun and fast-paced film bristling with crackling bitchiness and feminine wiles. Full of bright and colourful characters the film is escapism at its best, with some outstanding performances from Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci and Emily Blunt.
The Devil Wears Prada tells the story of a young naive journalist Andrea ‘Andy’ Sachs who goes to work as second assistant to Miranda Priestly, the chief executive of the highly successful fashion magazine Runway.
Andrea is a journalist by profession but unable to get a job in a newspaper she takes the job at the magazine. However with no idea of fashion or indeed the industry she turns up for work looking anything but chic.
Priestly, the ruthless and ambitious executive, quickly lets Andrea know what she thinks of her dress sense with some acid dropping words.
Eventually Andrea is helped to transform her wardrobe by fashion assistant Nigel who advises her on what to wear. Andrea soon becomes sucked into the wold of fashion and quickly becomes a favourite of Miranda who promotes her to first assistant, rewarding her by bringing her to Paris.
‘Priestly, the ruthless and ambitious executive, quickly lets Andrea know what she thinks of her dress sense with some acid dropping words.’
If The Devil Wears Prada is a true indication of the fashion magazine industry and fashion business as a whole, then it is pretty scary and depressing. A pathetic reflection of a world that thrives and feeds on the insecurities of women as they strive to live up to an impossible image.
Meryl Streep is Miranda Priestly, the chief executive of glossy fashion magazine ‘Runway’. The character is said to be based on the editor of Vogue Magazine Anna Wintour. And since the book on which the film was based was written by former employee of Anna Wintour, Lauren Weisberger, then it would be safe to assume that the film version does bear at least some resemblance to the woman who has come to be known in the industry as ‘Nuclear Wintour’.
Meryl Streep revels in the part of Miranda. Her portrayal of the formidable icy and ruthless chief executive is spectacular. With a domineering and dismissive attitude towards her underlings, Miranda is deliciously funny and disturbing at the same time. Streep carries off the role with her usual aplomb.
Anne Hathaway is good in the role of Andrea but her supposedly couldn’t-care-less-attitude to fashion just does not ring true. One wonders how many girls her age would turn up to work at a top fashion magazine wearing flat brogues, thick tights, a wolly jumper and plaid skirt.
Having said that, Anne Hathaway can probably make any outfit look good but for that very reason her transformation from what we are led to believe is a ‘Plain Jane’ to fashionista is a bit far-fetched. Perhaps it would have been preferable to see a lesser-known actress in the role.
Without a shadow of a doubt, one of the successes of the film is Emily Blunt as Emily Chalton. Blunt takes to the role with gusto. She is at once, a first class bitch and a pathetic slave to both fashion and Miranda Priestly. She leaves Anne Hathaway in the shade in any scene where they both appear and she deserved any awards that came her way for the role.
‘Without a shadow of a doubt, one of the successes of the film is Emily Blunt as Emily Chalton. Blunt takes to the role with gusto.’
Stanley Tucci is perfectly cast as Nigel. His portrayal of the misguidedly loyal fashion assistant combined just the right amount of aloofness with humanity.
The scene where he is brutally betrayed by Miranda is perfectly portrayed. His putting on of the brave face was heartfelt and yet refined. Tucci is a fine actor who constantly displays great versatility.
Simon Baker, as Christian Thompson, is well-suited to the part. Suave and sophisticated, he is dangerously good-looking every inch the man-about-town. Baker competently carries off the necessary charisma that the part requires. Another strong piece of casting from an accomplished actor.
Adrien Grenier plays Nate, Andrea’s nice and lovable boyfriend, and he captures these qualities very well and comes across as genuine and unassuming.
Other minor roles were played well and added to the overall enjoyment of the film.
The Devil Wears Prada is highly entertaining and a must for anyone who enjoys fashion.
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