The Devil Wears Prada

A Film Review By Jeff Fro

Starring:Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep
Directed By: David Frankel
Rated: PG13 for Sensuality
Review Posted: July 14th, 2006

Final Grade:

Anne Hathaway has made a career out of being the odd-ball thrown into the world of royalty and high society with her Princess Diaries films. In those movies she is awkward and simple. She is a plain girl who is ignorant of the sophisticated ways of the world. Through hard work and tutoring by her mentor, Julie Andrews, she triumphs and brings her own personal charm to her new found place in society. We sympathize for her because she has a heart of gold and winning looks to match. It doesn’t hurt that she is written smart, funny and clever. Then one day Anne Hathaway co-starred in Brokeback Mountain and flashed her boobs!

So, Anne can’t go back to the “princess” route anymore. Once you go topless – you can’t go back.

She must be thanking God that The Devil Wears Prada came along! In this film she gets to use the same basic formula as The Princess Diaries, but with grown up twists.

Anne plays a newly graduated journalism student who comes to New York to break into the business. On a whim, she interviews for a position as a personal assistant to the Editor of Runway magazine. This obvious Vogue type fashion mag is run by a ruthless business woman played brilliantly by Meryl Streep. The boss is commanding and cold. She is hard to work for and relentless in her demands from her staff. But one thing the film did correctly, they still kept her a human being. She is never so over the top that you find her a caricature or cartoonish in any way.

The credit for such humanity in the performance goes entirely to Meryl Streep herself. She is amazing to watch in this film. She chews out the staff and chews the scenery with equal gusto and it is a pleasure to see her do it. She is a woman who is firmly in control and even though we get to see an occasional glimpse of her pleasure and gratitude, she remains the top dog without question.

Anne, of course, comes in like a lamb and goes out like a lion. She faces the challenges head on and conquers her fears and foes by the end. We know it’s going to happen this way, so I don’t mind letting you in on the spoilery details. Heck, if you’ve seen any commercials for this film then you know what I am talking about.

In the end we are left with a few glaring continuity questions. But on the whole it has been a fun jaunt through the racks of high fashion and big business.

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