A young woman from the Midwest gets more than she bargained for when she moves to New York to become a writer and ends up as the assistant to the tyrannical, larger-than-life editor-in-chief of a major fashion magazine.
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There are a lot of good parts to this fluffy comedy (performances by Streep, Blunt and Hathaway are faultless). But it gets sort of muddled what message Hathaway's character is supposed to be sending/receiving. First, she's a giant baby going into a job interview with no idea about the company, and an even more giant baby to whine incessantly about the demands of the job once she (against all probability) gets it. Yes, Meryl Streep plays a demanding and often mean boss. So what? As Hathaway's character herself argues, if a man did the same things, people wouldn't care because he was brilliant at his job. But in spite of that epiphany, Hathaway caves in to the FAR MORE IMPORTANT whims of her ridiculous boyfriend and leaves her job so she will have more free time to celebrate his birthdays, or something. She learns the all important lesson that not caring about fashion or your job is more noble, gives away all her nice clothes, and throws away her cell phone. (How does an unemployed journalism major afford a decent apartment in NYC, and also have the luxury of such expensive whims? Unexplained). Anyway, if you can ignore that absurd messaging and just want to watch Streep be amazing, go for it.
It is interesting, to say the least, that we seem to have an Aristocracy, an Elite... an Establishment which is regarded as the billion dollar Fashion Industry. Where women outwardly make themselves into whom they are not. They work tirelessly to get into impossible sizes, fitting into and owning the 'latest' styles of fashion and running the gamut of changes to their appearance, their credit & status to prove they are fully able to. When this began, if there was a certain beginning, this has since always been: the total conformity of a woman's Look. This film proves to poke more humorous holes into this theory - of having to live up to the bar constantly raising and petty ideals with Anne Hathaway (Andy Sachs) who now works for the Editor-in-Chief, Miranda Priestley (Meryl Streep), of 'Runway' Magazine. She is the new second assistant to Miranda with the first assistant being Emily (Emily Blunt). Andy is responsible for running an important portion of the office and looking the part of the Gold Standard of upscale fashion. Miranda Priestly is regarded as modern-day Royalty in the Industry and the office staff is in obvious fear of her disapproval of which Miranda revels in this role. Meryl Streep totally takes hold of Miranda's personality with obvious self-righteousness over anything in her path, family and all. Her portrayal is a delight to behold.
Things progress in the office from Andy's introduction in dowdy plaid skirts with mismatched lumpy sweaters to the latest in Prada, Chanel and Hermes - thanks to the essential influence of the overseeing stylist of the office, Nigel (Stanley Tucci). He transforms Andy into a woman straight out of Runway magazine itself along with bolstering her new appreciation for her career. Will this soon go to her head with her new importance and status at Runway or will she be able to temper her new inner-drive in the direction of a new and untried self-fulfillment?
The Devil Truly Does Wear Prada here in Miranda Priestly who would sacrifice absolutely anything to undermine, sabotage or take over when the going gets tough for her personally and for her office/magazine. She is intimidating, manipulative and horribly critical as a boss, however, she never raises her voice above an almost whisper giving demands, opinions or criticism. No shrinking violet whatsoever here. How would Andy fare with a life outside of this Industry; this career that has now made her a rising star and trusted ingenue? Or, will she be more likely to favor what she has grown so great at in a world of compromise?
Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2019
Loved everything about this movie. Great actors, great plot and beautiful clothes! Anne Hathaway is a total delight, as is Emily Blunt. Meryl Streep does a magnificent job of playing the diva Miranda, who runs a high fashion magazine. This is one of those movies that's so good, you want to watch it over and over. Must add it to my cd stash.
This is one of my husband's favourite films and he plays it at least once a month. I like it too, but he loves it. It has a bit of everything: a lot of ironic banter, Streep at her dripping-with-contempt best, great fashion, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, and a well edited film with well placed music. Not a super fan of Hathaway, but she does really well in this role. Really well cast and a crowd pleaser. I see this holding up really well 20 years from now!
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2016
Let me begin with a short summary of what this movie is about. Runway fashion magazine editor and chief Miranda Presley (played by Meryl Streep) is in need of a new second assistant, In charge of finding a new replacement is her current first assistant after many missteps Miranda goes over her assistants head and hires someone who she is not quite sure fits the role. Andy (played by Anne Hathaway), struggles to fit in among a group that she is no where near comfortable with. Through many mishaps and achievements she finally finds her place in the world.
Honestly, this is one of my all time favorite movies! I can't even begin to explain how much I love this movie. The acting is superb which should be expected when looking at the cast list.This is a much watch for anyone who likes a good comedy filled with satire and sarcasm.
I really like this movie though I never read the book I think I will consider it for the future to compare the two. Not much of an Anne Hathaway fan for some irrational reason but I could stand her here because she seemed like the girl next door which I like. Meryl Streep definitely steals the show though in my opinion. She's a character whom you want to hate because she's just soo freaking mean but I can't help but feel some sympathy towards her. I have a deep appreciation for the fashion in this movie Anne Hathaway looked really stunning in most of the outfits she wore as well as Emily Blunt. Didn't really like the boyfriend's character in this movie he seemed kind of selfish like he can pursue his culinary dreams and she totally supports him but he's always bitching about her job. That got on my nerves a bit. Most importantly though this movie does have a message to it. The fashion world can definitely be very superficial and glamorous and enticing but you shouldn't lose yourself in it. That's why I love the ending because she just decides to leave that world and go back to her own humble own. That scene is truly very satisfactory when she abandons Meryl Streep in Paris can't help but smile and root for her.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 29, 2016
Having watched this film for the first time whilst recovering from a back problem I simply had to order to add to my dvd collection. I was never a huge fan of Anne Hathaway until I saw her in this film - she is simply superb. Alongside the wonderful Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt she plays a great part. I loved watching the transformation from dowdy, not really bothered about fashion girl to trendy Miss. A great story-line, amusing yet touching - would highly recommend. Be warned, if you're watching this and wearing anything less than designer you'll want to go and change!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 2, 2017
Totally satisfying satire on the fashion world, with superb performances from Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, and Stanley Tucci. Funny and charming, the whole film is thoroughly entertaining and the kind of film you can come back to watch again every year.
I recently got this from Amazon, and finally got around to watching it at the weekend. I didn't really think i'd like this movie at all. It was been £3 for a while now at Amazon, and it wasn't untill i seen a trailer about it on one of my dvds that i decided to get it.
It's about Anne Hathaway, who i admit, i know nothing about!. She goes for a job at a fashion magazine, and the ruler of the roost is Meryl streep ( 101 dalmations fame)
Everyone says she isnt right for the job, even she doesnt think she is. She does t ry, but Meryl streep makes her life a misery by ordering coffee, and slapping her coat on the desk. She gets treated like a slave.
I'm not into girly girly stuff, and i don't think you need to be to enjoy this film.
Anne hathaway has a boyfriend character, and he is very cute. I think he is on some usa tv series now anyway.
It's a good movie, and i'd recommend it, and it's only £3, so may as well give it a try :)