THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
REVIEW BY DAVE SMITH
Although the story for this film is based on a
best seller, there is a feeling we have seen this plot before. You
know, the fresh-faced college girl (Anne Hathaway) goes out to face the
real world for the first time? Against all odds she gets a job most
young women "would kill for." She becomes an assistant to
Miranda (Meryl Streep), who is the powerful editor in chief of Runway
Magazine. Runway is THE number one fashion magazine.. Streep
takes one glance at this hapless young woman who still dresses like a
college girl, and guess what? She hires her on the spot!
haven't already put yourself in a state of suspended reality, you'd better
do it quick. Because Andy (Hathaway) rapidly transforms herself into
not only a fashion plate, but the best assistant Miranda ever had!
Ah, but that is what movies are all about...isn't it? We love
to see improbable situations turn into dreams come true.
The movie is
well cast, with Streep's portrayal of a woman who has sold her soul to her
job practically guaranteeing her another Oscar nomination. Hathaway,
who you may remember from "The Princess Diaries" and "Brokeback
Mountain," is solid as the college kid dramatically converted and
more than willing to sell her soul to get ahead. Incidentally
Hathaway has "Bette Davis Eyes." It's almost distracting
to look at her as her eyes widen into big white pools.
One of the best
character actors to come along in recent years is Stanley Tucci. His
talent knows no bounds. He can do anything. In this film, he
is Miranda's number one fashion maven who shows he has a heart by helping
Andy transform herself. There is nothing really new in this
plot. There is even the obligatory scene where we finally see
Miranda with her guard down and discover she is really human.
best reason to see this film is Meryl Streep (and perhaps Tucci).
Streep (with silver hair) still looks good and still commands the
screen. With ten Oscar nominations and one win ("Sophie's
Choice"), this could be Streep's eleventh nomination and...her second