Why ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ is the Best Fall Movie
Fall is upon us, which means one thing: the resurgence of fall movies. A delicious fall feast ranges from treats like yummy finger foods to rom-coms like hearty main courses filling you up with all that hearty warmth. And finally, there’s the Halloween movie, the last bite of dessert before going to bed with only Freddy Krueger in mind.
We have been blessed with an amazing harvest over the years, but although the season usually requires you to reach out for it Hocus Pocus Where When Harry Met Sally goodbye, there is a neglected pumpkin in the harvest heap. An overlooked courtier in fall movie royalty. The absolute master of all autumn: The devil wears Prada.
Unenlightened naysayers will reduce David Frankel’s masterpiece to “just a romantic comedy.” But the truth is, The devil wears Prada isn’t one meal in this fall feast, it’s the whole menu.
The devil wears Prada is a fall fashion fantasy.
A thing The devil wears Prada boasts that many fall movies aren’t delightful seasonal fads. No, we are not talking about cozy knitwear, but current fashion. The coats. The scarves. Chanel boots. Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) gives us everything. And this four-minute, Madonna-backed montage of her style brilliance is — dare I say — more autumnal than the trees in Central Park right now.
If you’re looking for a bit of the dark academic aesthetic, look no further than Andy’s head-to-toe little black Chanel dress with white collar and oh-so-gorgeous D’Orsay pumps. If you’re trying to be more colorful this fall, her green overcoat with a leopard print collar is waiting for you. If you’re a laid-back tote bag girl, her signature brown leather jacket and black turtleneck ensemble demands your attention.
The movie is just one giant, glorious mood board of fall fashion. And his attention to detail, from hats to gloves to props, just doesn’t exist in other films coded in the fall.
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The the devil wears Prada is the best rom-com out there.
Is Nate a little boring? Yes absolutely. But is Andy’s multi-faceted romantic journey — from average Brooklyn beau to the euphoric excitement of a Parisian one-night stand — everything a rom-com should be? Yes yes it is.
Watching Andy gracefully become this season’s bachelorette with Nate (Adrian Grenier) and Christian Thompson (Simon Baker) as double contenders for her affection is more than entertaining. It’s scandalous. It is characteristic. And this will encourage you to favor one single person over another. That being said, every rom-com heroine needs her meltdown. And The devil wears Prada is both heartache and love, with a single Andy questioning everything she’s lost because of her job.
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We can even say that the “rom” in The devil wears Prada stems entirely from Andy’s evolved friendship with Emily (Emily Blunt). From mutual dislike to becoming each other’s trusted confidants in the cutthroat world of high fashion, Emily and Andy’s foes-to-friends pipeline deserves so much more hype. And the female adoration embedded in this film is worthy of all the accolades of the romantic comedy in its own right.
The the devil wears Prada is a Halloween movie.
What characterizes a creature? A terrifying monster at the heart of all misadventures. A monster that is not of this world. A monster that makes itself seen by any means necessary.
Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) is all of that.
She’s the film’s main antagonist, relishing deliciously on poor Andy’s confusion. She, though she looks like your typical bourgeois New Yorker, is not really of this world. No, no, Miranda comes from a world of exclusivity that ordinary plebeians like me will never know. Watch how everyone shakes and shakes every time she walks into any space. Can your average person possess such power and instill such fear? He really is the devil (wearing Prada).
She also has a titular characteristic of a creature in any characteristic – a meaningful sound. While the stranger in Predator clicks and pops every time he’s there, you know Miranda is near every time Andy gets a phone call. That awful ringtone. That ta-na-na-na-na. It’s almost like knives scraping against a wall. Hide your poorly dressed children, Miranda is here.
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It is high time The devil wears Prada earns its recognition as the ultimate fall film. In its duration of one hour and 49 minutes, it gives us everything we could want from this season. With love, frights, overcoats and more, it’s time to break free from the chains of When Harry Met Sally and embrace this genreless masterpiece of fall cinema. Excuse me, Billy Crystal, a white knit sweater for fall? Innovative.
How to watch: The devil wears Prada is now streaming on Peacock.(opens in a new tab)