The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada (Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci, Emily Blunt) – A bravura performance by Meryl Streep highlights this predictable, but well-acted, look into the fashion industry and the much-feared, much heralded, much-dreaded magazine editor who makes or breaks a designer and his/her latest clothing line.  Anne Hathaway plays the aspiring journalist who takes a job as the editor’s second assistant to get an edge in landing a real reporting job.  What she learns about life, career, and the price it takes to be successful in the months ahead is the heart of the story.  The back-story of Hathaway’s relationship with her soul mate boyfriend and their mutual friends provides the thermostat for Hathaway’s journey into self-discovery.  And the best performance might belong to the always exceptional Stanley Tucci (The Terminal, The Pelican Brief) as the fashion editor of the magazine and the only person always in the editor’s good graces.  This is one of the best of the genre of light dramas and character studies. Streep carries off the part in her usual perfect way while getting to wear fantastic clothes and furs and strut her stuff as the aging, but ruthless, multi-layered antagonist/protagonist.  This film is well worth the watch, even for the guys who have no interest in the women’s fashion industry.

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