Title: Devil Wears Prada
Year Of Release: 2006
Review Date: May 9, 2008
Running time: 106 minutes
Box Office Gross: 326,315,344
Recommendation: A vicious film about fashion
and a really vicious boss.
Site Rating: 6 out of 10 stars
"The Devil Wears Prada" is a film reportedly based on Vogue magazine editor
Anna Wintour. It is taken from the book of the same name penned by her
secretary, who she surprising didn't sue.
Above photo comparison of Anna Wintour's office at Vogue (top) and the movie set
(bottom) courtesy of Fresh Palette. They weren't exactly discreet in the take
off, now were they.
Wintour is played by Meryl Streep in this film. Streep delivers a great,
spine chilling performance – and it’s not even a horror film. By the way, I hate
horror films, but horror this was not.
Merly Streep (Miranda) as Anna Wintour
Anna Wintour has been renamed Miranda in this surprisingly funny movie. They
have painted her as a terrible, and I do mean terrible boss, who wears Prada,
and likened her to the devil.
In the film, Miranda is a cruel, overbearing, vindictive ice princess of a
boss, that seemingly takes delight in giving her secretary the most harrowing,
punishing assignments possible, both company related and personal.
Her secretary, pardon me, assistant, is played by Anne Hathaway. While she
did turn in a decent performance, it seemed like she was being herself, and not
Streep underwent a personality transformation, as did Stanley Tucci, as her
vicious, sassy fashion director. They really stood out.
Miranda’s first assistant, played by Brit, Emily Blunt, was very funny and
well in character. She did a great job.
The settings were wonderful and the clothes in the film really brought the
message home – this is a fashion magazine (and movie).
When you hear the title of the film you think this movie must be really evil,
but it’s not. It’s a tale of a boss that demanded so much that her secretary
began to see her as the devil himself.
However, the only devil in this movie is on the soundtrack – Madonna – with
her song “Vogue” that
she stole from Malcolm McClaren’s
"Deep In Vogue" which was
recorded and released the year before her rip off.