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Great movie, reminds us of our values and choices we make,
This review is from: The Devil Wears Prada (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)
Yes, we have seen the storyline before. So What?? Almost every movie Hollywood has been making in the last 20 years are "new" versions of old storylines. But this is an enjoyable film, and I think the director did a great job. "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." Isn't it easy to fall into the trap? Andy, of good intentions, does what every job seeker does: to please the boss. And yet the road to success is never easy, and one minute you think you know yourself and your choices, yet somehow, without any meaning to, you find yourself on a completely different path than the one you started out with.
Some of you have bosses that are easy to please. I have met and worked with bosses like Miranda Priestly, and it's true, there are people like that in the world. Meryl Streep did a fantastic job of conveying such a tyrannical boss.
And Anne Hatheway is beautiful. Audrey Hepburn will never be replaced. But among the stars of today, Anne Hathaway is MILES ABOVE stars like J. Lo, Britney Spears, and all those stars who think they are stars, but are nothing but crap.
Anne Hathaway is a much better role model than Britney Spears or J. Lo, Anne is definitely elegant, refined, and a lady. And we need more actresses who portray good manners, good breeding and good education.
Just because the way the ending is not a bang, doesn't mean it's a bad movie. Every time when we make a right decision, there won't be fireworks going off, or large celebrations to tell us we are right, and I think a lot of people are confused about that. They think that's what the movies should always provide.
In real life, assistants cannot afford to dress like Anne did in the movies. But we are in a movie. So just enjoy it for what it is. A great movie that reminds us: choose the real important things in life vs. choose the frivolous things in life like fame, fashion and glamour, which fades in an instant.
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Initial post: Dec 31, 2007 3:29:48 PM PST
Joe Mama says:
I almost totally agree with you. Unfortunately there are things in this movie that undermine almost every point you have made. Firstly, was it necessary for the main character to compromise not only her integrity but her base moral ideals to become successful? She did it. She turned her back on all that she once believed and became all that she was expected to by the fashion world. She gloats about her losing weight to fit into smaller sizes when she was beautiful the way she was. This sends a horrible message to the young girls of the world. Anne Hathaway in this movie turns from a well educated well grounded woman to a fashion obsessed, weight obsessed, success obsessed woman. She sleeps with a man in a terrible "one night stand" and turns her back on her boyfriend and close friends. And for all of this she is taken back in the end. He should have told her to get away and enjoy the new life she has created for herself. She gave up who she was to become some one else and only succeeded in making herself ugly.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2010 6:29:16 PM PST
I have seen many bright people who just "caught on with it." (*shudders*) Business is a fast pacing place and people sort of "forget" who they were, what they stood for. It's very distressing and I did what Anne Hatheway's character did. However, the current environment is not supporting "integrity" and I was out of work for a considerable amount of time. It's not hard for me to understand the temptation is there, especially when you're new or tired of been repeatedly taken advantage of. Some might think "if you can't beat them, join them." Not saying it's right, but not everyone is courageous or willing to sacrifice. And there could be other reasons (e.g., some sees stars, other see galaxy, so they might not know what they had done in a bigger picture until after the fact). Some may have got married and have kids, so they can't afford to have an integrity like Andrea and I did (and it's costly, financially and career wise). Who doesn't want to live in a perfect world? But this world ain't it. Despite all the stuff I just said, a better world starts with self. I really don't mean to be discouraging, just want to put realism into perspective. Anyways, the purpose of this movie (and this conversation by extension) is for us to reflect.
I like they used the song "Suddenly I See" as the title song. "Suddenly I see (-ly I see), this is what I wanna be." Don't you love that dramatic irony? :-D
BTW, if you read the novel the movie is based on, you'd be very impressed what the screen writer had done with it.
And I adore Meryl Streep's interpretation. Not everyone is the devil from the beginning. She gave a little humanistic touch to her character, which makes a lot of sense. In the book, her character was Jewish, and she didn't like who she was, so she became this "successful, self-made woman" but in the process, lost herself. Probably not the best way to portray on screen to a diverse audience that may or may not appreciate such background story, but Meryl Streep delivered it without touching on it (and made it work).
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