Wears Prada, The (USA;
directed by: David Frankel
starring: Meryl Streep; Anne Hathaway; Stanley Tucci
|Bruce says: "THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA is an ugly duckling
comedy set in the vacuous milieu of the New York and Paris fashion industries.
What makes fashion a great comedic subject is the exaggerated importance
and sense of purpose the fashionistas bestow on themselves. In a role modeled
after Anna Wintour who since 1988 has been editor-in-chief of Vogue, Mery
Streep plays Miranda Preistly, editor of Runway. She is fearless, ruthless,
exacting, demanding and dismissive. When Miranda whispers the words, 'that’s
all' her minions scurry away. It is the dulcet tones Streep uses
that make Miranda so terrifying and foreboding.
"The ugly duckling is Andy (Anne Hathaway), an aspiring writer who by fluke lands the coveted position of Miranda’s second assistant after Emily (Emily Blount) is promoted to first assistant. When Andy arrives at Runway she is disheveled, clueless and an absolutely inexcusable size six. Miranda Priestly is horrified and venomous. Andy defends her lack of fashion sense ardently.
"Within weeks Nigel (Stanley Tucci), the token gay male fashion coordinator, turns Andy into the proverbial swan. Emily is beside herself with self doubt and envy. Andy’s boyfriend (Adrien Grenier) is having his own doubts about where their relationship is going. It is easy to see where the plot is going even with a slight romantic twist involving a free lance writer named Christian Thompson (Simon Blake).
"What makes THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA engaging is the acting of Streep, Tucci, and Blount. Stanley Tucci (BIG NIGHT) never misses a beat, a relief after he failed dismally as an assistant to Ralph Fiennes in MAID IN MANHATTAN. Emily Blount, so very good in MY SUMMER OF LOVE, plays an entirely different role here and is equally adept. Simon Baker is a sexy sleazeball, a far cry from his wounded soul persona in the television series, 'The Guardian.' But it is Streep who steals the show by underplaying her role. The weak link is Anne Hathaway (THE PRINCESS DIARIES, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN) who gives three quarters of a performance, lapsing into Julia Roberts act-alike mode from time to time. It’s not pretty.
"New York and Paris are made to look postcard perfect. They are absolutely gorgeous. 3.5 cats"