The Devil Wears Prada
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As assistant to impossibly demanding New York fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly (Streep), young Andy Sachs (Hathaway) has landed a job that "a million girls would die for." Unfortunately, her heaven-sent appointment as Miranda's personal whipping girl just might be the death of her!
This clever, funny big-screen adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's best-seller takes some of the snarky bite out of the chick lit book, but smoothes out the characters' boxy edges to make a more satisfying movie. There's no doubt The Devil Wears Prada belongs to Meryl Streep, who turns in an Oscar-worthy (seriously!) strut as the monster editor-in-chief of Runway, an elite fashion magazine full of size-0, impossibly well-dressed plebes. This makes new second-assistant Andrea (Anne Hathaway), who's smart but an unacceptable size 6, stick out like a sore thumb. Streep has a ball sending her new slave on any whimsical errand, whether it's finding the seventh (unpublished) Harry Potter book or knowing what type she means when she wants "skirts." Though Andrea thumbs her nose at the shallow world of fashion (she's only doing the job to open doors to a position at The New Yorker someday), she finds herself dually disgusted yet seduced by the perks of the fast life. The film sends a basic message: Make work your priority, and you'll be rich and powerful... and lonely. Any other actress would have turned Miranda into a scenery-chewing Cruella, but Streep's underplayed, brilliant comic timing make her a fascinating, unapologetic character. Adding frills to the movie's fun are Stanley Tucci as Streep's second-in-command, Emily Blunt (My Summer of Love) as the overworked first assistant, Simon Baker as a sexy writer, and breathtaking couture designs any reader of Vogue would salivate over. -- Ellen A. Kim
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The Devil Wears Prada: A Novel
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- Featurettes: "Trip to the Big Screen," "NYC and Fashion," "Fashion Visonary Patricia Field," "Getting Valentino"
- 15 Deleted Scenes
- Theatrical Trailer
- Gag Reel
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A young woud be journalist needs to support herself, and she interviews as Miranda's second assistant. Her honesty, intelligence and lack of fashion knowledge give her the edge and he lands the job. She doesn't understand he job, until Nigel, played by Stanley Tuci, as the magazine's fashion director explains it in terms Andrea understands. She changes her style and hair and becomes the job and the assistant Miranda wants. Unfortunately it changes her relationships, and life becomes difficult.
We all had dreams as a child, I wanted to be a 'secret spy', I still read all the spy mysteries and thrillers, and had a great career, buti did not follow my dream, obstacles occurred, as they often do. Andrea realizes her dream for awhile, and then it comes undone. But life moves on and so does Andrea. Miranda remains the same, alas.
Recommended. prisrob 09-03-13
Into this domain arrives a new, second-level executive assistant and receptionist, Andrea "Andy" Sachs, who aspires to be a journalist. Her academic credentials are excellent, but her personal style is at odds with ambiance of that office. Her taste and judgment in attire are casual and undiscerning. Andy is a healthy, well-formed young woman unconcerned with fashionable strictures of body line in a world of fashion. As a prospective new hire, only her chances are slender. Despite Andy's laughably failed interview, Miranda abruptly reconsiders, and her first assistant, Emily, calls Andy back from the street. Andy starts in her dream job. The drama takes a serious turn.
Andy launches into trying tasks as a new hire in a world of high fashion under the whiplash of impatient but discerning Miranda, whose stick is instant dismissal and whose only reward is continued employment in a prestige publication. And she is sarcastic and unrelenting. Miranda is a master of innuendo. In a meeting with her subordinates to plan a new issue of Runway, she says to a good idea from Nigel, "Thank God, somebody came to work this morning!"
Andrea Sachs, the aspiring journalist, becomes Handy Andy, the duty gopher. How is she to know when she is doing the right thing? In desperation, she turns to Nigel, a grudging mentor who gives guidance for her to blossom as a woman of style like others in her company. Her concern for the feelings of other persons emerges in her work, but relations with her personal friends outside the job suffer.
In the complex plot of this film, a trip to Paris opens a larger world of fashion and the power brokers in it. A viewer of this film must be attentive to catch the many nuances of intrigue. A sportive world is revealed as a surreal interplay of personalities. See this film to catch this drama of scenes behind the scene. Subtle surprises make a memorable story.
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I love Meryl Streep, but I absolutely hated this movie.
The title is wrong - - The word "devil" was nowhere in the entire...Read more