The Devil Wears Prada [DVD] 
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Comedy based on the novel by Lauren Weisberger. Andrea (Anne Hathaway) is a bright young woman from the Midwest who has just graduated from college and wants to work as a magazine writer. She has applied for a job at 'Runway', America's most prestigious fashion journal. Andy has little interest in the garment trade, but it is one of the only magazines in New York with a job opening - second assistant to editor Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep). As Andy discovers, Miranda is a diva with plenty of power in the magazine business, and she isn't afraid to use that power. Though Andy lands the job, she soon learns that working for Miranda could test the patience of a saint, thanks to her endless demands and refusal to acknowledge the end of a work day. Andy struggles to hold on to the job and her sanity, knowing that a recommendation from Miranda can open nearly any door at any magazine - but can she handle the pressure without losing her mind along the way?
This clever, funny big-screen adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's best-seller takes some of the snarky bite out of the chick lit book, but smoothes out the characters' boxy edges to make a more satisfying movie. There's no doubt The Devil Wears Prada belongs to Meryl Streep, who turns in an Oscar-worthy (seriously!) strut as the monster editor-in-chief of Runway, an elite fashion magazine full of size-0, impossibly well-dressed plebes. This makes new second-assistant Andrea (Anne Hathaway), who's smart but an unacceptable size 6, stick out like a sore thumb. Streep has a ball sending her new slave on any whimsical errand, whether it's finding the seventh (unpublished) Harry Potter book or knowing what type she means when she wants "skirts." Though Andrea thumbs her nose at the shallow world of fashion (she's only doing the job to open doors to a position at The New Yorker someday), she finds herself dually disgusted yet seduced by the perks of the fast life. The film sends a basic message: Make work your priority, and you'll be rich and powerful... and lonely. Any other actress would have turned Miranda into a scenery-chewing Cruella, but Streep's underplayed, brilliant comic timing make her a fascinating, unapologetic character. Adding frills to the movie's fun are Stanley Tucci as Streep's second-in-command, Emily Blunt (My Summer of Love) as the overworked first assistant, Simon Baker as a sexy writer, and breathtaking couture designs any reader of Vogue would salivate over. -- Ellen A. Kim
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Excellent supporting performance from Stanley Tucci as the passionate right-hand man who, in reverse gender-stereotyping, had to overcome the stigma of wanting to work in a non-manly profession. I also liked Emily Blunt, very watchable in an early part. She is funny and makes the most of a limited opportunity. Absolutely awful the protagonist, Anne Hathaway, who is cringe-worthy in every scene. I find her hard to watch, she alternates between wooden and over the top, and her voice grates like chalk on a blackboard. The less said the better about her boyfriend and close circle of friends, whose judgemental behaviour is unrealistic.
The plot was not all that gripping, and more courage was needed to expose the shocking exploitation of young, gullible girls but, to be fair, the story was all about the magazine. Still it could have been much better if they had shown more of the actual behind-the-scenes world of fashion, instead of getting bogged down with the boring angle of the sulky misfit who works hard to fit in and (surprise, surprise) ends up being fabulous once she begs access to an ending stream of divine, trendy outfits. How shallow is that? Maybe that is the message of the film: that appearances are all that counts in this toxic, pretentious environment.
Not a lot of memorable moments, but worth watching once for Stanley Tucci's nuanced work, and Meryl Streep's unflinching portrayal of a self-important bully of a woman, puffed up by far too much undeserved adulation, and whose main talent is to cling to her exalted position by fair means or foul.
Lots of special features on this DVD, which I really enjoyed despite a bit of repetition. The running commentary had so many people involved that it could have got chaotic, but it didn't. Deleted scenes (13), theatrical trailer, the usual not-really-funny bloopers, and 6 fairly beefy featurettes: the best for me were about Valentino (one of the few designers left with a sense of style and elegance) and Patricia Field. Almost better than the movie itself!
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