Movie Review: The Devil Wears Prada

Maybe it’s a desire not to think of the fashion we wear every day, but rather to see it as clothing that fulfills a need for form and function, or maybe it’s the fact that the fashion world has a bad reputation for being filled with arrogant, uptight individuals who tend to push the idea when it comes time to make a movie. But the thing is, The Devil Wears Prada has some of the worst possible attitudes imaginable, as well as many of the best, since it was called a tribute to the way the industry fashion sees itself as too important, and the arbiter of all things popular isn’t quite right. Many have commented over the years on how accurate this film is and how it glams several fashion industry points on a level that is unrealistic but not too far off from reality. If all of that is true, and if this film shows even a glimpse of how this particular environment works, then it’s fair to say that some of us aren’t cut out for this gossip industry.

The fate of Andrea, played by Anne Hathaway, as she tries to join the Runway team to become assistant to the editor, Miranda Priestley, played by Meryl Streep, is a bit comical since one can imagine that her dress style and manner would be accurate for a first-time interviewee who has not researched the company she is applying to. Hey, it happens, right? But at the level of the job Andy is looking for, and after learning that she is a graduate of Northwestern University, one would assume she would be a lot more professional in appearance. In a fashion-focused magazine, you’d even think someone would play the part or look for a job elsewhere. As a writer who has looked for a place to work in the past, knowing something about the industry and the specific job isn’t essential, but it’s a head start that many are smart enough to seek out.

After being hired against all odds, Andy slowly but surely begins to realize that like any industry, fashion serves its own purpose and infiltrates the lives of many people around the world, although Miranda’s explanation seems a little grandiose after the first two sentences. . Fashion indeed inspires and influences much of what we wear and what catches the eye, but sometimes a shirt is just a shirt and pants are better than going out in our underwear. In other words, fashion is important up to a point, but when it’s seen as the most important part of the day, well, it feels like a few priorities got messed up along the way. road. As the film continues, it is shown that the perfection that so many at Runway seem to value is an elusive quality because it takes so much work to achieve for a few seconds before something slips through and goes wrong. be boring. Put it this way, when facial gestures can be used to determine whether something is okay or not, it feels like things can get a bit off balance. Heaven help a person who has to sneeze because it could cause a seismic shift in the fashion industry.

The fact that Andy is starting to lose who she was before Runway is easy to see as her sense of fashion starts to trump her common sense as her relationships start to stumble and stutter until she doesn’t. has no one to turn to but those she comes to rely on. in the fashion world. To be fair, Nigel, played by Stanley Tucci, is a pleasant confidant once he opens up as he becomes a valuable mentor to Andy and someone she can talk to in a genuine and caring way that isn’t all business and that won’t become the latest gossip in the office. As for her relationship with Miranda, the idea of ​​calling her a glorified servant isn’t too far from the truth because there are bosses who will be tough on someone because they believe in them, and then he there are bosses who are tough for a reason. but are cruel for very personal reasons.

This movie isn’t horrible, but it feels like a lot of people would happily tell Miranda where she could put her morning coffee and any other requests. It pays to be a Meryl Streep fan watching this movie, and admittedly I’m not, so personal biases being what they are, she’s a great actress, but no nicer than her was… well, really rubbish. In all honesty, this movie has a few laughable moments that are great because they feel like a much needed improvement, but when you’re deciding to judge a movie like this, it’s best to take a reasonable approach because it’s easy to condemn an ​​industry that only one sees portrayed in stereotypes on occasion. To be honest, the insight into the fashion industry that this movie gives is that it’s just as demanding as any other industry, maybe even more so.

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