JT Film Review

85 – The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

The Devil Wears Prada REVIEW

4/5 stars

Director – David Frankel

Cast – Meryll Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Stabnley Tucci, Simon Baker, Adrian Grenier

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The Devil Wears Prada is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Lauren Weisberger, who allegedly based the  book on her experiences as an assistant to fashion icon Anna Wintour (nicknamed “Nuclear Wintour”, which says it all I think.) It follows a young assistant to a fashion magazine editor as she learns the ropes and tries not to lose herself along the way etc etc.

The movie is one big ball of cotton candy, and as such, even though the nutritional content is next to nothing, it is quite enjoyable. The movie hums along at a nice pace, with a rich and frothy tone that can’t help but be appealing, no matter how hard you try to not be affected by its infectious bounce.

The cast is a big reason for its appeal. Anne Hathaway is impossible not to like, and Stanley Tucci is wonderful (as usual). However Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep really are the bright lights in the production, with Meryl providing most of what little complexity there is in the film, and Emily Blunt being quite funny in a dark sort of way.

After watching The Devil Wears Prada many may realize that it is quite hypocritical in a way. It’s core “message” (if it may be said to have one) is all about being true to yourself, and avoiding the follies and fakeness which the fashion industry represents. However the movie itself takes every opportunity it can to glamorize the clothes and fashion of that world. Many major fashion designers took part in the film, to the extent that it became the most expensively costumed movie in history. How can we be expected to follow the themes of the film when it contradicts itself like this, you might ask. To be frank, the viewer is swept along at such an entertaining and brisk rate that these objections fly out of the window with the arrival of the next scene, montage, or character entrance. Its fluff to be sure , but it’s fairly entertaining fluff all the same.

OVERALL

The Devil Wears Prada is fast, fun, and even witty at times. Granted, it can hit a cliché or two, but the pace and wonderful performances will keep the audience interested. Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci, and Emily Blunt all bring their A game. Despite its paper-thin plot, The Devil Wears Prada remains a solidly entertaining movie.

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TRAILER

“The Devil Wears Prada” on other websites:

IMDB —– Rotten Tomatoes —– Wikipedia

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