The Devil Wears Prada (PG)



Comedy (2006)
109mins US

Starring: Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway
Director: David Frankel
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Having graduate from college with honours, aspiring journalist Andy Sachs lands a plum job as second assistant to the fearsome Miranda Priestly, editor of Runaway magazine. Andy hopes the position will be a stepping stone to serious political journalist and devotes all of her energies to helping first assistant Emily cling onto her sanity. Working under Miranda, the doyenne of the fashion magazine world, and alongside art director Nigel, Andy undergoes a drastic personality change, which alienates her from boyfriend Nate and family.

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The Devil Wears Prada
Meryl Streep seems destined for her 14th Oscar nomination for her tour-de-force portrayal of a domineering magazine editor in The Devil Wears Prada, the smartly tailored film version of Lauren Weisberger's international bestseller...

Fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) is relentless in the demands she makes of her new assistant, Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway). TM and copyright Twentieth Century Fox. All Right Reserved. Photo Credit: Barry Wetcher.Gliding through every frame in swathes of Galliano, Valentino and, of course, Prada, the veteran actress is utterly breathtaking as the sadistic reigning queen of fashion, who is armed to her polished teeth with a dizzying array of knockout one-liners.

As despicable as her character may be, Streep expertly reveals the chinks in her villainess' designer label armour, showing glimmers of humanity and vulnerability beneath the impeccably coiffed facade. We come to love this silver-haired bully - the way she terrorizes her staff, her refusal to tolerate fools - at the expense of the heroine of the piece, Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway), a graduate from Northwestern University who lands a plum job as second assistant to the fearsome Miranda Priestly (Streep), esteemed editor of Runaway magazine.

Andy hopes the position will be a stepping-stone to serious political journalism and is unprepared for the immense challenges that lie ahead, catering to her tyrannical boss' every whim. Beleaguered first assistant Emily (Emily Blunt) soon puts Andy in the frame about Miranda: "She is not happy unless everyone around her is panicked, nauseous or suicidal."

Andy quickly understands Emily's grim forecast. Within hours of arriving, she is black and blue from Miranda's stinging barbs and when Andy dares to ask for clarification, the editor cuts her stone dead: "Please bore someone else with your questions." Delivering the killer blow to her underling, Miranda cruelly reveals why she hired Andy, a devotee of thrift store chic, rather than another stick-thin beauty with a passion for fashion. "I said, 'Take a chance: hire the smart, fat girl.'"

Determined to make Miranda choke on her acidic words, Andy seeks guidance from camp art director Nigel (Stanley Tucci), who immediately summarises the problem: "You are in desperate need of Channel." Using Miranda as her template, Andy undergoes a drastic personality change, which alienates her from boyfriend Nate (Adrian Grenier) and family.

Dressed head to toe in catwalk couture and looking just like the other sycophants that surround Miranda, Andy realises that she has become part of the crowd. Unless she acts fast, her individuality will be lost forever.

Hathaway fades to grey in Streep's considerable shadow. Her fashion illiterate twenty-something is too wet and simpering to merit our affections. If anything, we delight in her suffering under Miranda. Supporting performances are much more than window dressing. Tucci is a hoot and British actress Blunt is utterly adorable as the stressed out gopher with a unique approach to weight loss. "I'm on this new diet," she confides. "I don't eat anything and then when I feel like I'm about to faint, I eat a cube of cheese."

- Heather Von Bourne


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