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The Devil Wears Prada: Miranda's Got a Bad Rap!

  • Jul 2, 2006
Pros: Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci, Ann Hathaway and the rest of the cast

Cons: just wasn't fulfilling; too materialistic

The Bottom Line: It's okay if you aren't involved in publishing. Just be wary that it is materialistic and you might not be happy with the ending.

I have never read The Devil Wears Prada. As a matter of fact, I didn't even know that this film was based on a novel until a friend informed me as I was driving to the theater to see this film. Why did I want to see this film? Well, because Meryl Streep plays Miranda Priestly, the Editor-in-Chief of Runway magazine. Since I just started a teen magazine, I was hoping that I could get some sort of idea of how an Editor-in-Chief is supposed to act.

I knew that The Devil Wears Prada was primarily going to be about Andrea Sachs (played by Ann Hathaway) and her trials and tribulations of being an editorial assistant. However, I didn't expect the film to be so materialistic and centered on the dos and don'ts of the fashion world. Then again, I suppose we are talking about a magazine that is called Runway.

Before I tear apart the film, let me tell you about the plot. Andy Sachs (Hathaway) interviews for a position as second editorial assistant to Miranda Sachs (Streep), the Editor-in-Chief of Runway Magazine who has a reputation of being a tyrant. Andy's close friends make fun of her as she tries to fit in at Runway by changing her image with the help of Nigel (Stanley Tucci), one of the department heads at Runway.

Andy works long house, and puts her career before her friends and her boyfriend. Of course, Andy becomes the bad guy. She is accused of cheating on her boyfriend, lectured by her best friend, and questioned by her parents about why she has the job that she does. Furthermore, she is constantly berated at work by Miranda, and teased by other office employees.

Boo-hoo. What ever is a fresh college graduate, who lands a sweet job to get her foot in the door to the publishing world, to do?

The Devil Wears Prada irritated me because Andy didn't take runway seriously. I loved the role of Miranda, who put Andy in her place with a lecture about the color blue vs. cerulean in the very beginning of the film. While Miranda's requests are a bit over-the-top exaggerated, I can totally empathize with what Miranda goes through as an Editor-in-Chief of a magazine.

Now, I am NOT saying that Teen Trend Magazine is on par with the fictional empire of Runway. Even still, an Editor of a magazine is in charge of a LOT. There are stupid little details that must be worried about: Were those colors used last issue? Does that model resemble the one from four months ago? Are these articles overdone in other magazines? You get the idea. NONE of this was conveyed in The Devil Wears Prada-- it just seemed like Miranda was having a little hissy fit or diva trip whenever she wanted something.

I know that the Editor of Vogue, whom the book was based on, was a notorious tyrant-- especially to her staff. The fact of the matter is that this movie was more about the clothes and trips and "diva-ness" than the job of working for a magazine. It was unrealistic.

I think that, if the realism of the details of an Editor-in-Chief's job were displayed, this movie would have been VERY different. It would have been all about the beautiful and sharp Miranda than the cute and bubbly Andy. The movie left me wanting a lot more.

At the end of the movie, there is a scene, a quick little scene, where Miranda talks about the job she does at Runway and how no one else could do it. Yet, she doesn't explain why. She seems like a diva, and gives the audience the impression that anyone, really, could do her job if they tried. I think it is because they don't exactly know what she does-- except looks pretty at parties and fashion shows, barks orders at people, and drinks Starbucks coffee.

Life is hard. Jobs are hard-- especially when you are starting out. I will be the first person to tell you that things just don't come easy. People need to work hard and take advantage of opportunities afforded them. I think there is a saying that goes "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth." In The Devil Wears Prada, that is exactly what Andy does, and it's a shame.

The ending of the movie made absolutely no sense to me. I'm not going to spoil it for those that want to see this film, but I need to say something about it. Andy finds out that someone is moving to Boston that she wants to go with. She even says something to that person about going to Boston. The next thing we know, she is on a job interview in New York. What? So, how does it end? Where does she end up going?

Maybe they're going to make a sequel called God Wears Gucci. You can bet your alligator shoes that I'm not going to see it.


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