The Devil Wears Prada
Release year: 2006
Director: David Frankel
Screenwriter: Aline Brosh McKenna
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, Adrien Grenier, Simon Baker, Daniel Sunjata, Gisele Bündchen
Ratings: 2 Oscar nominations: Best Actress (Meryl Streep), Best Costume. 1 Golden Globe: Best Actress Comedy/Musical (Meryl Streep).
Despite being clueless about fashion, newly graduated Andy (Anne Hathaway) starts working as second assistent to the powerful Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), the ruthless and merciless executive of fashion magazine Runway. Knowing that lasting at least a year at the mercy of the fierce boss will open several doors Andy struggles to survive the job to a degree that has a negative effect on her personallife.
With great performances from Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises, 2012) and Blunt (The Five-Year Engagement, 2012) the movie is already likeable. Hathaway is a delight as young Andy, showing up at fashion headquarter in practical clothes that makes her stand out like a sore thumb and Blunt almost steals the show in this her break-through role as the tough first assistent that meets Andy with an attitude. She almost steals the show, that is if it wasn’t for the force of nature that is Streep (Julie & Julia, 2009). She fearlessly creates an evil queen that is at once very covincingly scary to any employee afraid to get a lash of her sharp tongue as well as very human and impossible to not admire and she raises the movie to a level that makes it an instant classic in it’s genre. Though there are great costumes (it takes plays in the fashion industry so it is to be expected), great turns from the before mentioned ladies as well as an adorable Tucci (The Hunger Games, 2012) and New York and Paris looking its best this should first and foremost be seen for the excellent Streep who is just enormously fun as a bitch.
Miranda Priestly is widely believed to be based on Vogue editor Anna Wintour for whom the author of the book behind the film Lauren Weisberger worked as an assistant.
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