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The Devil Wears Prada 2006

A smart but sensible new graduate lands a job as an assistant to Miranda Priestly, the demanding editor-in-chief of a high fashion magazine...

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this one is always, always a movie I can watch whenever I am a little down - never fails to cheer me up! :)
I love this one. def worth watching..
8/10
this was a good movie, worth watching for sure :-)
it's good movie
Great acting by Meryl Streep... nice movie!
Meryl as the 'devil' sublimely satisfies the tummy,along with a delicious script and a charming performance by Anne Hathaway,this funny and tense, fast paced romp through fashion hell,is often very acurate in it is portrayal of fashionista insiders,even though it borders on cliche once in awhile. :fresh:
Based on Lauren Weisberger's roman
I think Meryl Streep ...uh...seems very nice in this movie, though I felt a bit...uhh..well...maybe not as well dressed, you know, as--as I should've been, going to the theater to see it. I have one encounter with this form of on the spot dressing down consciousness exhibited in the movie. I was in Chicago, wearing a raincoat with the belt in a knot, and some passing office girl rebuked it like an attack dog.
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This was the most enjoyable movie I have seen this year. First of all, let me exclaim my love for Meryl Streep. She is a goddess. Acting is so effortless for her... her performances are flawless and she is still sexy as hell. Yes. I said it. She is. People say she is the highlight of the film (which I can't deny), but there are also two other amazing performances.

Emily Blunt (who I have never seen before) gave a terrific supporting performance as Miranda's 1st Gucci-wearing assistant. She is terrific. Stanley Tucci, well now, he is just hilarious. He always gives great performances and he is such a strong character actor. Bravo to all three of you.

Anne Hathaway is still learning the principles of acting and with working with a legend like Meryl Streep she will become one successful actress. I do like her, but she always has her faults. She is so beautiful and always plays frumpy girls.. I wish she would take on stronger roles and become one of film's strongest leading ladies.

This movie has a great story (adapted from the novel by Lauren Weisberger) and I would love to see it nominated for an Oscar or two (I doubt it, but that would be very nice). I highly recommend this movie, not only to women, because guys will like it, too. It's not a "chick flick". I hate that term. Go and see it. It's great.

The best movie of the year so far.

STARRING ANNE HATHAWAY, MERYL STREEP, EMILY BLUNT, STANLEY TUCCI, ADRIAN GRENIER, SIMON BAKER, TRACIE THOMS, RICH SOMMER, DANIEL SUNJATA, JIMENA HOYOS, REBECCA MADER, TIBOR FELDMAN, STEPHANIE SZOSTAK.. RATED PG-13 FOR SOME SENSUALITY AND LANGUAGE

OVERALL;

10/10 :fresh: :up:


-Jesse Taylor-
if there is any reason to see The Devil Wears Prada, reason number 1 would be Meryl Streep's dynamic performance of Runway Magazine's Editor in Chief Miranda Priestly. Streep never misses a cue and yet complexes her character so not only is she a cold hearted bitch, but also contemplates surrounding issues that would make you feel sorry for her, but that only occurs once or twice throughout the movie. Streep has just garnered herself another Golden Globe nomination for her dynamic portrayl based on real life Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour, and if buzz lasts long enough, a possible 14th Oscar nomination would be no surprise to me.
What's more powerful than an "after school special" vibe? Good art direction and fine, comedic acting. :-)

Yes, the story is predictable pretty much from the get-go. There are future plot points dropped into early conversations with all the subtlety of a Wile E. Coyote anvil. Yet, the movie never derails into the all-too-familiar melodramatic genre that the opening scenes seem destined for (although it gets VERY close at times).

The ride is made enjoyable by Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, who play off each other wonderfully for some great comic timing. Anne is great, and plays Midwestern naive very well. But Streep steals the show, with her arrogant demeanor and glacial line readings. And the nastier Streep gets, the better the movie gets.

Again, the story is not the movie's strong point: Andy (Hathaway) is an aspiring writer who gets a job as a second assistant to Miranda (Streep), a demanding editor of the fashion magazine Runway, in the hopes that after a year of faithful service Andy can use Miranda and her connections in the publishing world to obtain a prestigious journalism position. Much of the comedy comes from Andy's gradual transformation from run-of-the-mill, sweat pants wearing girl to a woman of high fashion. However, the better she dresses, the further she drifts from her circle of friends and boyfriend (Adrian Grenier), but the more Miranda comes to entrust her.

Enter the "after school special" vibe: Will Andy chose her growing career over her friends?

Even though we know where we're going, the movie is filled to the brim with wonderful performances (including a great turn by Stanley Tucci as the token gay guy), set designs, and wardrobe, so that we feel the journey is fresh and new. We really do sense that Runway is the pinnacle of the fashion world, and that the decisions made by Miranda are influential.

But there are some problem areas. The dialog is occasionally uneven, most noticeably in the (inevitable) breakup scene between Andy and her boyfriend. It's as if anytime the movie stepped into emotional territory, the clich
Although I would never have read the book, I was surprisingly satisfied with this movie, entertaining and I have to admit that despite the fact that I dislike fashion trends, I liked the clothing that Anne Hathaway had to wear. Only downfall of this movie was the fact that the promoted losing weight when you were already a healthy weight as a good thing (have to be a size 2 or 4, that a size 6 was a bad thing when in actuality the size 6 was the only person who looked healthy in the movie...) But other than that it was quite entertaining, would definately see it again.
Superman Returns- 3/5- Visual with a couple scenes of excitement, Superman nevertheless fails to rise above the normal comic-to-screen mediocrity.

The Devil Wears Prada- 2.5/5- Top notch performances and occasional rapid fire dialogue are the only reasons to see this otherwise mundane and average 'fish out of water', romantic comedy.

Blow-Up- 4/5- Beautifully made and nicely structered.

In The Mood For Love- 4.5/5- Mesmerizing and moody film with great performances.

Cache- 4/5- Compelling, fascinating, yet quiet thriller that asks questions but leaves you to answer them. One of the best films of last year.
This is Meryl's movie.

She owns it.

Very Very Good Summer Entertainment.

Really enjoyed it.
One of the most genuinely unaffecting, unlikeable movies I have seen in a long while.

I felt for none of the characters and was immediately bored by this movie almost immediately.

Maybe it just wasn't for me, but gosh was this bad.

This movie teaches us that you can become a horrible person and betray yourself, your friends and cheat on your boyfriend and you can still have it all back and it's okay.
Wow, this is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. This should be going to DVD in the next week, because I can not see it lasting in the theaters.

Also, Emily Blunt, who portrays the other assistant Emily does a fantastic job. The rest of the supporting cast including Stanley Tucci, Adrian Grenier (Vince Chase from HBO's Entourage), and a bunch of others make this one complete. I definately recommend this one to all of you Anne Hathaway fans & to anyone that is looking for a great alternate to Superman Returns (which by the way is AWESOME). Other than that, The Devil Wears Prada is a real treat that I think most of you will appreciate. PEACE OUT!!! & Happy 4th of July!!!


Directed by David Frankel
PG-13 (for some sensuality.)
109 min.
2006
The Devil Wears Prada (C)

Film Review



Description of Film: The Devil Wears Prada (based on a best-selling novel by Lauren Weisberger) tells the story of passive-aggressive career-oriented fashion magazine mogul Miranda (played by Meryl Streep) and her new assistant Andrea "Andy" (Anne Hathaway), a small-town girl in her first job out of Northwestern University, her original intent to navigate through the world of journalism, only taking a roundabout way of doing so with the fashion-magazine vehicle. The film consists largely of this young assistant meeting the demands of the ultra-demanding boss-from-hell.





Comments/Remarks: Still trying to figure out why the critics were able to endure, let along appreciate, this recycled story about a girl who is able to miraculously conquer the high-demands of her boss. This is no rags-to-riches story worth remembering; this story is about a wealthy high-class American society girl who, in reality, is dumb enough to venture into the 'fashion arena' with no experience. This, apparently, was supposed to be endearing; apparently American audiences found it, somehow, sentimental and sharp. Well, put plainly, it's really not. It's a story you've heard before: after become the top-dog (below her boss of course) the protagonist finds herself morally pitted in a decision of what she feels is right vs. wrong. Of course, for the sake of a happy, predictable, American ending, it has all the right finesse to make you feel at home, especially when she decides that her new life isn't the path she wants. It's too fairy-tale and teen-girlish to withstand for any substantial amount of time (it feels painfully long), and way too predictable for any movie-goer who has seen... well, just about anything.

Meryl Streep is distinguished in just about any genre, though she often doesn't receive the rightful respect and attention she deserves when it comes to the comedy genre. While her role wasn't exactly challenging for her, an actress whose work is equally if not more sophisticated than Nicholson, Hoffman, Pacino, DeNiro, or any other big-name, well-known actor who has transcended through the decades right from the seventies.

Through most of the film, I was almost sure I was watching a re-run of HBO's Sex and the city. The sass is hardly intelligent, and is, if anything, only dry. While the film pokes fun at the fashion industry, it is able to take it seriously in some respect, and for that it deserves at least an ounce of credit. What I've gathered is that the highly-prized gem, at least in the eyes of the critics, is the performance by Streep. It's been said, repeatedly, that Streep has bagged another Oscar nod for this role. I'd like to hope not. While she offer's a uniquely subtle performance, acting with a king of feisty professional elegance, she is simply not challenged with anything formidable enough to make the great actress squirm a little before takes. The most entertaining aspect of the film is watching Andrea try and keep up with the list of duties assigned to her. Even this, though, slowly becomes a redundant grind. While Miranda does inspire a harsh blend of terror and awe, Kevin Spacey's performance in what seems to have been a roughly equivalent role was equally if not more so brilliant.

The character Nigel, played by Stanley Tucci, who adds a bit of spice to the mix, making for a bit more amusement. The other assistant, the one who is supposed to be a little higher on the corporate ladder, is played by Emily Blunt, who offers us an unsurprisingly obnoxious, whiny performance, and with it a headache we could almost certainly do without. The film seems dull, predictable, easy-to-read, and not worth the admission price. The boyfriend is handsome, as he should be, but we already know his role in the plot. He is the one who must first be betrayed by career-ambition, and then later reconciled. It's almost too much. Recycled may in fact be the only word to describe this old article of dirty laundry for the film industry, which delicately held in the palm of American capitalism, has continued to lure American moviegoers with the promise that perhaps, with the same ease and grace of Meryl Streep and a little magic, life at Wal-Mart might seem none so bad. This is a film to be despised for its tired formula and weak rendering, not embraced.

This is no All About Eve as some critics have suggested. And while one could lamely connect it to Working Girl, this is merely a weak impersonator, not worthy of respect for its originality or upkeep in design. Frankly, a waste of money, time, and attention that I can't recommend you see. (53.5/100)





Film Review Guideline/Structure



Directing/Cinematography/Editing = 22 Possible Points

Does the director handle the material effectively? Do you recognize any techniques that are especially sophisticated? 2/4.5Was the film's pace slow? Is there any excess fat? Are all scenes necessary and help structure the story? 24 Is tone and atmosphere clearly established? 2/3.5 Is the film visually appealing? 1/3 Does the Score evoke emotion or interest when necessary? Is it used effectively and appropriately? Do sound effects positively contribute? 1/2.5 Is the set and set/design appealing and convincing? Do special effects positively contribute? Do they appear realistic? Are they used sparingly? 1/1.5 Is the costume and costume design generally effective in creating a mood? Are they convincing and appropriate? 1/1.5 Are lighting, contrast, and color contributed positively? 1/1.5 11/22

Acting = 21 Points Possible

Are the main actor(s) convincing? Do they portray the characters well? 5/7 Are the supporting actor(s) convincing? Do they portray the characters well? 4/7 Do they fulfill or go beyond your expectations? Are they miscast? 6/7 15/21

Story/Screenplay = 20 Points Possible

Does the story flow smoothly enough? Is it convincing and/or imaginative enough? It adapted, how well does it translate? 2/4.5 Is the story intelligent (not simple) if it needs to be? 2/4 How is the dialogue? Is it forced? Is it appropriate? Could it be improved? 3/3.5 Has it been done before? How original and genuine is it? 1/3 Is there a definite sense of narrative? Does a lot need to be explained? 2/2.5 How is the ending? Does it tie things up nicely? Does it need to? Is it well-developed? 1/2.5 11/20

Enjoyment = 37 points

1. Consider the genre of the film, does it meet and/or surpass the standards that the genre typically demands? 5/8.5
2. Did it provoke emotion? How emotionally provoking was it? 3/8
3. Was it though-provoking? 2/7.5
4. Was it entertaining? 4.5/7
5. Was it worth the money? 2/6


16.5/37

Total = 53.5/100



Five Star System

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I enjoyed this movie and i'm a guy. I know i don't know alot about the topic of the movie, but the story was something anyone can relate with. It was cute and Meryl Steep is wonderful again. I am a guy so alot of the fashion terms and "big deal names" went right over my head, but I understood there significance. The only thing that I had a problem with was at the end when everything just seemed to all be the same, as if the whole movie never happened. Like i said in my title, I thought the Grinch is supposed to change, a little.... Maybe its the fashion world, I dunno. Oh and Stanley Tucci is always great and the metrosexual... He adds to the film's stress relief. Thumbs up for the women... Semi thumbs up for the guys.
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