REVIEW: The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

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2006, Fox 2000 Pictures/Dune Entertainment/Major Studio Partners

Director:
David Frankel
Producer:
Wendy Finerman
Writers:
Lauren Weisberger (novel)
Aline Brosh McKenna (screenplay)
Cinematography:
Florian Ballhaus
Editing:
Mark Livolsi

Cast:
Meryl Streep (Miranda Priestly)
Anne Hathaway (Andy Sachs)
Emily Blunt (Emily)
Stanley Tucci (Nigel)
Simon Baker (Christian Thompson)
Adrian Grenier (Nate)
Tracie Thoms (Lily)
Rich Sommer (Doug)
Daniel Sunjata (James Holt)
David Marshall Grant (Richard Sachs)

The hit novel comes to life that is just outstanding thanks to the cast, notably Meryl Streep at her meanest and a near show stealing performance from Stanley Tucci.

Moving to New York with chef boyfriend Nate, Andy Sachs is looking to start a new life after graduation by wanting to live her dream as a journalist. When she is given an opportunity to become an intern for fashion magazine Runway Magazine, she learns the hard way that interning is not what she expected. Her boss is the renowned Miranda Priestly, known for her demeaning mannerisms, and with the help of Miranda’s first assistant Emily and stylist Nigel, Andy goes through a radical change.

While Andy climbs up the ladder of success as an intern, she soon learns the harsh reality involving the consequences. She becomes somewhat pursued by renowned writer Christian Thompson and her relationship with Nate slowly deteriorates. Things come to a head when Andy must replace Emily, who after an accident forces her out of commission, for a major trip to Paris for Fashion Week. There, Andy must come to terms about what can happen should she continue working under Miranda.

Based on the novel by Lauren Weisberger, this is a film that not only brings its viewers inside the world of fashion, but the world of internships and both the ups and downs of being an intern in terms of change. Despite some tweaks in terms of differences in some of the characters, the cast of this film is completely top notch, making this a very watchable film by both men and women.

Meryl Streep continues her streak of why she is one of the greatest Hollywood performers today in the role of the titular “Devil”, Miranda Priestly. From the moment she appears on screen, Streep is truly devil-like in terms of her wit, apparent charm, with a rarity of emotional range in a pivotal scene that shows that Miranda is not all exactly devilish while Anne Hathaway is just great to see as the wallflower turned somewhat vampish Andy Sachs. It is Andy’s radical transformation that is the core of the film as she has made a deal with the Devil to become someone she has never expected to become.

Emily Blunt also brings great ample support in the role of Miranda’s first assistant and Andy’s mentor of sorts, Emily. Originally not meant to be British, Blunt’s natural accent helps boost up the role and her mannerisms is similar of that to Miranda, but only because she wants desperately to rise up the ranks in the world of fashion and to do so, she must emulate her boss in some ways. However, the major near show stealer goes to the stylist Nigel, played with both comic wit and in some aspects, a guardian angel-style role by Stanley Tucci. Nigel is the type who while he is loyal to Miranda, there is a side of him that helps Andy comes to terms when it comes to balancing both the job and her life outside the job. Simon Baker brings a bit of slyness in the role of Andy’s pursuer while Adrian Grenier’s Nate is pivotal but not given as must screen time as one may think. However, Grenier makes the most of that screen time.

The Devil Wears Prada is truly a great film about one person’s radical change and both the positives and negatives in the world of fashion. Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, and Stanley Tucci are the reasons to see this film as their character-driven performances amp up this at times funny look at fashion.

WFG RATING: A

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