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The Devil Wears Prada March 5, 2007

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.

Critics as well as the box office have been extremely generous to this 2006 flick which grossed more than 300 million dollars worldwide and garnered yet another Oscar nomination for Meryl Streep. I thought it was a bit overrated but it was still quite entertaining and more importantly after watching this I have been even more determined to quit my job.

Adapted from the bestselling novel by Lauren Weisberger, the plot is about an aspiring young journalist Andrea (Anne Hathaway) who applies for the job “a million girls would die for” – assisting the high profile boss of the “Runway” fashion magazine Miranda (Meryl Streep). Andrea sees this stint as a stepping stone to achieve her real goal of being a bonafide journo. However, Miranda’s ridiculously overbearing ways take a toll on Andrea but nevertheless against her wishes she tries to fit into Miranda’s world and slowly starts to win her trust. This leads to cracks in her relationship with her boyfriend and finally she does what she actually believes in to mend things up.

What elevates this average chick flick plot is some smart writing and the presence of competent performers like Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. Streep as the devious boss is delightful while it great to see Hathaway reprise her goofy girl act from her early Disney films. Stanley Tucci and Emily Blunt stand out among the supporting cast. David Frankel’s direction is good.

This film acts as a fine satire on the fashion industry which forms the source for most of the humor. Though I wouldn’t call it a must watch, it is a nice entertainer worth your time.



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