DOASKDOTELL MOVIE REVIEW of The Devil Wears Prada

 

Title:  The Devil Wears Prada

Release Date:  2006

Nationality and Language: USA, English

Running time: 109 min

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Distributor and Production Company: 20th Century Fox/Fox 2000

Director; Writer: David Frankel, novel by Lauren Weisberger, screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna

Producer: Windy Finerman

Cast:  Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Adrian Grenier, Christian Thompson, Stanley Tucci

Technical: Full 2:3 to 1 anamorphic

Relevance to DOASKDOTELL site:  loyalty to the job, life and work values, “the fair and prosperous workplace”

Well, if you wanted even a paean job like “administrative assistant” at Runway Magazine, CEO Miranda Prieslty (Meryl Streep) probably would check your Myspace profile and google your name. Actually, before recent Stanford graduate (probably with a big loan) Andrea (Anne Hathaway) arrived in her lumpy clothes, she had hired a couple of slickers and had to ax them both.  Miranda, with her matronly but curiously frazzled face and white hair, has a curious way of belittling employees with her soft voice (many conversations end with "that's all.") (She does hire gay male fashion designers.) Fashion is about looking good to others, she makes no bones about it. Even Andrea’s “stuff” sweater had started as a turquoise designer fabric. Over time, Andrea adopts, as if she had joined the military. She pulls off impossible tasks after initial mistakes. Miranda gets her assistant involved with her home life to an inappropriate degree, which is why having an appropriate hire is so important. She has dry cleaning and a fashion book delivered to her home with the house key, and the twin daughters see her. Later, she demands that Andrea get an advanced copy of the yet unpublished manuscript of the last Harry Potter book. Now, she has been dating a wonderful guy Nate (Adrian Grenier), who works as a chef and actually likes to cook. Their relationship gets strained by her transformation into a fashion robot, as another advertising executive (Christian Thompson) gets the manuscripts for her, all velo-bound. Miranda invites her to a fashion show in Paris, where a lot of corporate merger politics happens.  She sleeps with the executive, and then finally has her epiphany. In the end she goes back to New York and has to make her decision.

 

The story could have gone the way of Shopgirl, as you have a young woman courting two men, with one of them much more sincere than the other. The movie could have done a lot more with Nate’s character. Maybe she could have done a makeover on him—that would have provided even more kinkiness.

 

The movie certainly makes me think about some of my own recent “lost” job opportunities. I have considered becoming a public school math teacher (something that is needed) and a life insurance agent. In terms of academic and technical knowledge, I could have done both jobs. But I was not prepared to “live the life” of either job. (The life insurance agency would have forbidden any outside income, even selling my own books and writings.)  There is no way I could have taken either one with integrity. Andrea gives up her integrity “to the Devil” with its red pitchfork. Maybe she should go to law school after all.  

 

 

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