The Devil Wears Prada (PG)

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Time Out says

Tue Oct 3 2006

Life for those in fawning, panicked thrall to Runway magazine über-editor Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) can be nasty, brutish and short – as wannabe journalist and couture ignoramus Andy (Anne ‘Perky!’ Hathaway) discovers upon fluking her way into the coveted post of Miranda’s second assistant. But can she put up with the job’s incessant, ridiculous demands without going native?

‘The Devil Wears Prada’ is based on Lauren Weisberger’s roman-à-clef about her spell at Vogue, a blinkered but scathing rejection of fashmagland transformed by Aline Brosh McKenna’s script into an aspirational Manhattanite fairy-tale about an ugly duckling who goes to the ball but learns there’s no place like home. It’s far from perfect – a romantic subplot featuring a smoothie writer and the contrived third-act jeopardy at Paris Fashion Week are both duff – but it’s often very funny, especially Streep’s Priestly. She combines stringent expectations with infuriating vagueness and disappointment at the perennial incompetence of those around her. Still, the whole thing is humbug, a giant ad for the industry it affects to critique; any notion that it would be otherwise went out the window when the director of ‘Sex and the City’ was given the gig. The dodgy cable-knit polymixes and reckless carb consumption that initially mark Andy out are madeover: street crossings become her catwalks and reaching a size four marks a triumph. Sure, she jacks it in to work for a community newspaper, but when you can wheel on Valentino to croon over the creation with which he’s just fabulised Streep-Priestly, few 12-year-old girls will be leaving the cinema sighing, ‘Yes! Let me at that rent-fixing scandal!’
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Rated:

PG

UK release:

Thu Oct 5, 2006

Duration:

109 mins

Cast and crew

Production Designer:

Jess Gonchor

Screenwriter:

Aline Brosh McKenna

Cast:

Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, Anne Hathaway, Adrian Grenier, Simon Baker

Cinematography:

Florian Ballhaus

Producer:

Wendy Finerman

Director:

David Frankel

Editor:

Mark Livolsi

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John Cooper

Terrific acting, a sharp script and superb direction and editing make this a classic movie. Despite its satirical commentary on the fashion industry, it never loses sight of the human dimension, and one can't help emphasizing with Lucifer and Mephistopheles who appear in the form of Meryl Streep's queen of fashion and Stanley Tucci who grooms the likeable journalist Anne Hathaway who is almost seduced into this glamorous world of haute couture. Nearly every scene is beautiful orchestrated and in the final reel Streep's confessional with her young ingenue is powerullly effective. Emily Blunt is a delight as the ambitious Brit already in thrall to the dog eat dog world of fashion politics. The film avoids easy solutions and sentimentality, and manages to temper the fairy-tale ending with hard-edged realism. Simon Baker ( he of the Mentalist) is another bonus in this five star movie - joy from beginning to end

John Cooper

Terrific acting, a sharp script and superb direction and editing make this a classic movie. Despite its satirical commentary on the fashion industry, it never loses sight of the human dimension, and one can't help emphasizing with Lucifer and Mephistopheles who appear in the form of Meryl Streep's queen of fashion and Stanley Tucci who grooms the likeable journalist Anne Hathaway who is almost seduced into this glamorous world of haute couture. Nearly every scene is beautiful orchestrated and in the final reel Streep's confessional with her young ingenue is powerullly effective. Emily Blunt is a delight as the ambitious Brit already in thrall to the dog eat dog world of fashion politics. The film avoids easy solutions and sentimentality, and manages to temper the fairy-tale ending with hard-edged realism. Simon Baker ( he of the Mentalist) is another bonus in this five star movie - joy from beginning to end

John Cooper

This film is joy from beginning to end . . .so don't feel guilty about watching it for a third time . . a comedy of the highest artistic calibre with terrific performances from Streep, Hathaway, Tucci, Blunt and Baker and all concerned. The script is razor-sharp and there's never a dull moment. Pacily directed with a good score, the film is a charming morality tale about the false gods of material success and consumerism which manages to avoid coming down to harshly on the objects of its satire. The film is, curiously, a tribute to the very culture it criticises . . . but its artisitic vision embraces both the glamour and the spiritual emptiness of the fashion world with a tolerance and compassion which is curiously beguiling. Meryl Street is a tour de force, and manages, to repel and attract, as the `driven` dragon lady who seldom allows her `human` side to reveal vulnerability. Utterly superb!

John Cooper

This film is joy from beginning to end . . .so don't feel guilty about watching it for a third time . . a comedy of the highest artistic calibre with terrific performances from Streep, Hathaway, Tucci, Blunt and Baker and all concerned. The script is razor-sharp and there's never a dull moment. Pacily directed with a good score, the film is a charming morality tale about the false gods of material success and consumerism which manages to avoid coming down to harshly on the objects of its satire. The film is, curiously, a tribute to the very culture it criticises . . . but its artisitic vision embraces both the glamour and the spiritual emptiness of the fashion world with a tolerance and compassion which is curiously beguiling. Meryl Street is a tour de force, and manages, to repel and attract, as the `driven` dragon lady who seldom allows her `human` side to reveal vulnerability. Utterly superb!

L X

A GREAT FILM I never get bored of watching it! Emily Blunt is great, I love her character. And I love the whole stereotype of the fashion magazine. its really entertaining.

L X

A GREAT FILM I never get bored of watching it! Emily Blunt is great, I love her character. And I love the whole stereotype of the fashion magazine. its really entertaining.

Tina

I thoroughly enjoyed this fim, more so for the brill acting especially from Meryl Streep and the fashion than for the storyline. It was a good enjoyable film.

robert w wilson

A pure fairy tale, with the wicked witch and her ingenue. But done glamorously with never a boring moment. First rate!

robert w wilson

A pure fairy tale, with the wicked witch and her ingenue. But done glamorously with never a boring moment. First rate!