The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
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Directed By: David Frankel
Cast: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, Adrian Grenier, Simon Baker, Gisele Bundchen
I had not watched The Devil Wears Prada believing it to be a chick flick about fashion industry. But after watching it I realized the movie is for everyone. And that all the people working in the corporate world (regardless of their gender) could relate with it. The Devil Wears Prada is a movie based on the book with the same name by Lauren Weisberger.
The Devil Wears Prada is a story of a young undergraduate Andrea “Andy” Sachs (Anne Hathaway) who lands a job in Runway (a leading fashion magazine in New York) as an assistant to its demanding editor in chief Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep). At first Andy finds the job very demanding and stressful (ought to be when ‘millions of girls would kill for this job’) and believes Miranda is picking on her as she is not as fashion oriented as her co workers like the senior assistant Emily Charlton (Emily Blunt). Nigel Kipling (Stanley Tucci) the art director is sympathetic to her. He makes her realize the magnitude of work that happens in Runway and what it means to people living in the remotest part of the world. Slowly there is a change in her attitude and she starts accepting the ethos of the company and dressing up like other girls and learning the trade.
In fact she does so well that she becomes the new Emily and Emily becomes the second assistant. Things go awry when Miranda asks Andy to accompany her for Paris Fashion Week (instead of Emily) and she agrees and in parallel her relationship with her boyfriend Nate Cooper (Adrian Grenier) is up in smoke because of her dedication to work. Andy realizes that this is not her, she can’t step over someone to move up in her career . From then on what she does with her internship and how she tries to fix her disintegrating life forms the rest of the story.
The Devil Wears Prada is the story of what it takes to reach the top, the sacrifices people have to make; the decisions and choices they make that define them and their journey. The Devil Wears Prada has 4 main characters and the movie brilliantly gives you an insight into the corporate world through them.
Miranda – A career oriented female who has sacrificed a lot to be in such a position. Runway is her life and beyond that there is nothing. She has achieved so much fame and success because of her tenacity and brilliance. And mind you she would do anything and cut anyone to be there. She is a hard task master who expects the same level of performance as she puts in. She gives impossible tasks to Andy and ends it with a “That’s All”. Miranda is not a mentor who pats your back for every achievement but will take you along if it helps the organization. Meryl Streep has given a stand out performance and is the ultimate vixen in the movie. There is a humane side of her which she has to mask for her success and stature. It is such a pleasure to see Meryl Streep in a relatively non-serious role, having so much fun! Allegedly her character is based on US Vogue editor Anna Wintour. She has an exacting personality and is one of the most important figures in the fashion world.
Andy – She is a happy go lucky girl with simple ambitions and is satisfied with her slice of life. She doesn’t know fashion and never bothers to understand it (Can you spell Gabbana?). She considers herself too intellectual and fashion too trifle and superficial to take seriously. The constant berating by Miranda puts off Andy until she accepts the challenge. And under the tutelage of Nigel learns to care for herself and starts understanding fashion. But in the quest to prove her mettle she loses her essence. In the transformation from a shabbily dressed girl to a hot and sexy lass, Anne Hathaway has done a remarkable job. One great thing I liked about her character is that in the end she exactly knew what she wanted and walked away from the life of glitz and glamour.
Emily – She is more like a Yes Man, a bosses’ employee who wouldn’t think on her own but is a perfect executor. The thing with the Emilies of the world is that they are accepted and are needed to fit the system but would never be asked to lead. They are not promoted to the higher posts because they cannot think beyond the day or the task at hand. Emily is played by Blunt and she is perfect in her role as a condescending senior assistant. She, like Miranda is a sadist who finds pleasure in Andy’s troubles.
Nigel – He is the mentor who wants to get away from Runway and be his own man. But doesn’t have the balls to take on the might of Miranda. Hence, the able No.2 will always be overlooked. He is a guy who knows his stuff and is a nice person deep down. He, like Andrea, doesn’t have it in him to step over someone for success. Played exceptionally well by Stanley Tucci as the art director who is in touch with his feminine side.
This is one movie which is very easy to follow and can be related to and enjoyed by everybody.