July 7th, 2006
The Devil Wears Prada: A Fashion
In the world of fashion where
“a size zero is the new size two” and a bad hair day can end a
career, Runway Magazine is the Holy Grail. At the head of this
fashion magazine is Miranda Priestly, the most powerful woman
in the fashion industry. Playing this over-the-top character
is Meryl Streep (The Manchurian Candidate and A Prairie Home
Companion AND two time Academy Award winner.) Miranda rules
her employees with an iron fist and very well manicured nails.
Her world is so fast and formidable that none can equal her in
the marketplace. She demands perfection from all her
employees, which explains why she goes through so many
In walks Andrea Sachs, another in a long
line of hopeful applicants for the job of second assistant to
Miranda. Playing Andy is Anne Hathaway (Brokeback Mountain and
Princess Diaries). Unlike the previous females who tried to
fill the job, Andy is not a skinny waif, nor is she the least
bit fashion savvy. She has never even heard of Miranda. Acting
on a hunch, Miranda hires Andy anyway, because of her
impressive resume. Training Andy as an assistant falls to the
“first” assistant and very fashion savvy, Emily, played by
Emily Blunt (My Summer of Love and Empire). Everyone at the
magazine notices how unfashionable Andy is and snickers as she
passes. Rescuing her is Nigel, played by Stanley Tucci (The
Terminal and Shall We Dance), who is Miranda's right hand man.
He dresses Andy from the designer sample closet at the
magazine. Soon, she is wearing Chanel boots and suits as well
as a stylish new hairdo and make-up. Her demanding job starts
to interfere in her relationship with Nate, her boyfriend,
portrayed by Adrian Grenier, (“Entourage” and Anything Else).
He reminds Andy what her original goal was when she started at
the magazine and that she has been seduced by the very fashion
industry she used to belittle. The better at her job she
becomes, the more she understands the sacrifices that need to
be made in order to be a success in this business.
David Frankel directed The Devil Wears Prada. His
previous work includes “Sex and the City,” “Entourage” and
Band of Brothers. Aline Brosh McKenna wrote the screenplay
based on the book by Lauren Weisberger (who was an assistant
to a fashion maven).
The Blonde: I had such a good
time watching this film. The one question I do have is, I too
wear Prada, and I am NOT a devil (WELL, AT LEAST ALL OF THE
TIME). This movie will make people think that only devils wear
Prada and that annoys me, ladies. I also didn’t find Meryl’s
character to be all THAT much of a devil. I mean, the woman
drank Starbucks twice a day, extra hot, how bad could she be.
I found the line in the movie, that if she were a man she
would have been considered a perfectionist and brilliant, to
be so true! The Devil Wears Prada was like All About Eve meets
Working Girl meets Ready to Wear meets the fashion of “Sex and
the City.” Meryl and I were chatting and she was telling me
how much making this film disturbed her and left her feeling
like something was missing at the end of the filming day. She
didn’t like having to be so obnoxious and, as we all know she
is an actress who believes in staying in character all day.
Even though her character was meant to be VERY devilish,
Meryl’s sweetness shined through her eyes anyway. You just
gotta love her, don’t you? I ALSO want to know how she is
constantly adapting her weight for each of her roles. Both she
and Renee Zellweger do this all the time. I would be remiss if
I didn’t give her some MAJOR kudos for having the chutzpah to
appear on-screen without a drop of makeup and red eyes in that
one scene. I wouldn’t do it! “THAT’S ALL!”
I’ve seen you that way and believe me… no one will EVER ask
YOU to appear without makeup! In addition, making employees
get your Starbucks extra hot is not necessarily a positive
The Blonde: AS LONG AS THEY ARE
BEING PAID, I TOTALLY DISAGREE WITH THAT STATEMENT!!! Carry
The Maven: I knew Meryl could play against type
because she did it in Lemony Snicket. However, her Miranda was
absolutely fantastic. All she had to do was lower her voice
and glare a little. She never had a tantrum or whined, she
just played this driven woman with perfection. Her role could
have been another Queen of Mean, boss from hell, but she did
such a great job of balancing on that wire between comedy and
drama that just a glimpse into her personal life was enough to
actually have me root for her… a little!
Well, as far as I am concerned, she is the best American
actress of our time! Ya know, that Tucci is such a wonderful
actor who is quite over looked. He seems to easily make the
transition from a character ya just love to hate to one ya
just love to love. He shined in this film.
I love Tucci too and I NEVER over look him! Anne Hathaway also
deserves applause. Instead of competing with Meryl, she
balanced her. There was Miranda, at the top of the ladder, and
along comes Andy, ascending those stairs. I tried to read the
book but never finished it. I didn’t like any of the
characters. McKenna did a wonderful job of rewriting the story
enough that you can actually laugh and care a little for these
people. The book by Lauren Weisberger was self-righteous and
The Blonde: Yeah, I too felt the same way about
the book! I just got bored and put it down, unlike the film.
The Maven: YOU NEVER READ THIS BOOK, now did you,
Blonde? If you had, we would have discussed the horrible
nature of Anna Wintour and Vogue Magazine!
Are you questioning my integrity and honor here, Mav? I,
unlike some people, don’t like discussing others behind there
backs and putting them down!
The Maven: Oh please, you
spend weeks alone putting down Camilla!
That doesn’t count! AND I DID READ THE BOOK. I READ THE ENTIRE
COVER, FRONT AND BACK! By the way, before I have a blonde
moment and forget, movie-goers, I loved the new Superman film
(even though I didn’t expect to because of my adoration and
loyalty for Christopher Reeve). It is the same story with a
unique twist for sequels. I also loved The Boat House. It is a
very spiritual and lovely film.
The Maven: You mean,
The Lake House? One word can make a big difference. Just
think, you could be ordering Bucks Coffee instead of
The Blonde: Or in a positive way, I could
be ordering Stars Coffee which would be quite fitting for the
Blonde! However, you do have a point. The LAKE HOUSE is worth
going to see especially for women.
The Maven: I don’t
think I could order Stars Coffee because it sounds too much
like coffee for Star Jones.
The Blonde: Oh, that
ungrateful fitch! Even IF Barb did something wrong, it was her
who made Star a star. She owes Barb big time! That whining,
complaining, untalented, unfashionable, stomach stapling
ingrate! You should be sending Ms. Walters a thank you letter
instead of running around putting her down!
To this day, she still hasn't confirmed her weight loss
surgery. All she says is there was extreme medical
intervention. What does that mean exactly?
It means that she is a snotty, spoiled, extreme medical
The Maven: ALRIGHTY THEN! Back to
the film, weren’t the clothes fabulous?
Yeah, at the end of the film they auctioned them off for
charity. I like that, a lot! I want to go back to Anne
Hathaway and comment about how stunning she looked after they
made her beauty transition. I must say, though, she looked
wholesome and beautiful without it! She is a marvelous and
The Maven: True! You have to
admit: this film belongs to Meryl.
The Blonde: It
always does! Think about it!
The Maven: I don’t mean
just her acting, but her beauty as well. I think we all forget
just how pretty she is! On that note, this was an entertaining
film. It’s neither brilliant nor thought provoking, just plain
fun with very little melodrama. It may seem like a chick
flick, but men will like it too. The leading ladies are that
good! I rate it a B+ for the beautiful outfits and a Better
story than the book!
The Blonde: This film displays
that a film is worth going to even if it doesn’t make you
think about it long after you leave the theater. It reminds us
that going to the movies should sometimes be just for
enjoyment and fun. I rate The Devil Wears Prada a B. For your
film snacks, I suggest we all just take a pass. This film
reminds us that 0 is the new size 2 and 2 is the new size 4.
Let’s just watch the film! “THAT’S ALL!”