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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Devil Wears Prada


I watched Devil Wears Prada more than ten times, which indicates that I adore it, obviously. And I do, immensely. This movie is so delightfully entertaining, and I admire (almost) everything about it! The acting is excellent and very witty, and the casting is perfect. I was pleased to see golden-actress Meryl Streep as "devil-boss" Miranda Priestly, with her vivid silver hair. I love Stanley Tucci, in general, and especially here as droll Nigel. Anne Hathaway, as Andie Sachs the ambitious journalist? Ehh...

Anyway, Prada starts out with an enjoyable title sequence of Andie getting ready for the day, then shows clips of model primping to impress and adorned in big-name brands of clothing. After Andie chows down an onion bagel, she heads on down to Runway magazine's office building. There, she meets Emily, Miranda's first assistant (played by Emily Blunt), who continually insults her throughout the movie (extremely humorous, I might add!). Everyone at Runway mocks her "sense" of style, very funny and entertaining (oh, how evil I am).

Then, she encounters Miranda Priestly, editor-in-chief of Runway. Curious to see if Andie is honest of her abilities (she flashed Miranda with an extensive resume), she hires her as second assistant. Now, Andie is sworn to doing exactly what her boss orders, efficiently, quickly, and without a flaw. They include getting a flight from Miami to New York during a hurricane, constructing her children's school projects, and retrieving the unpublished manuscript of the next Harry Potter book (which is out now HP fans, don't worry!).

From all this labor, Andie is "verbally abused" no matter what she does. In my opinion, Miranda is just doing her job by constantly demeriting Andie, for if she wouldn't Andie would do even worse of a job! Like Nigel said, "Wake up six, she's just doing her job!"

During her life in Runway, she transformed herself into some glamour-girl, wearing all these expensive brands, like Chanel. How she afforded all this living in a tiny apartment, I don't know. She, also, meets this mysterious, handsome (HA!) stranger named Christian Thompson. Coincidentally, Andie is a huge fan of his career in journalism, which is a great ice breaker and reveals a path to sex. Andie's "social life" with her boyfriend (played by Entourage's Adrian Grenier) and her phony friends (gay dude and black chick) is harmed by her employment at the consuming Runway. Honestly, she should have lived that Runway life, for her friends weren't that great of friends and her boyfriend was not supportive at all!

Alas, Andie does give up that glitzy life. After stealing Emily's dream of going to Paris, she decides she doesn't want the life of Miranda. This occurs when Miranda lends Nigel's opportunity-of-a-lifetime to Jackie, head of French Runway, who was about to replace Miranda thanks to the works of Christian Thompson. Seriously, Miranda did that to Nigel to secure her own job that she does extremely well! Not because she's an enormous bitch.

Anyway, Andie makes a dramatic exit from a French revue (to God-knows-where), leaving Miranda alone surrounded by cameras. Then Andie makes the dumb ass move of throwing her phone into a fountain. That was where I said, "Waste of money!"

To sum up, Devil Wears Prada is a flawless movie that I could watch over and over again! Meryl Streep's performance is outstanding, and deserved that 2006 Oscar (she lost to Helen Mirran for The Queen, which was a well-deserved Oscar, too). The quotes, said by her, in the movie are incredibly memorable.

"Please bore someone else with your questions"

"By all means, move at a glacial pace. You know how that thrills me."

(The best of all) "This...stuff? Oh okay. I see, you think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select out, oh I don't know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you're trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don't know is that sweater is not just blue, it's not just turquoise, it's not lapis, it's actually cerulean. You're also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar De La Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St. Lauren, wasn't it, who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly growed in the collections of 8 different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic casual corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it's sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you're wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of stuff."

Wow, she's awesome. Stanley Tucci is charmingly funny and absolutely irresistible! Emily Blunt provides a wonderful performance, loaded with cruel jokes regarded to Andie's awkwardness. Anne Hathaway is decent here, but kind of a hypocrite, which I don't like.

This movie would be a perfect 100...if it weren't for Andie's annoyingly gawky "friends". The scene where they play monkey-in-the-middle with Andie's phone, after she gave them great gifts, deducts some points from the score.

I give this a 93/100. Streep's Miranda Priestly is rated #69 in Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Characters of the Past 20 Years. Well-earned, I say, though it could be higher (#7, perhaps?) Anyway, I absolutely adore this movie, and certainly will watch it a billion more times.

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