Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Chick Flicks

I went to the movies yesterday. While this is a regular occurrence for most folks, for me it's as rare as a Blue Moon. Saw The Devil Wears Prada - and it was just as I expected, perfect eye candy for the eyes and brain candy for the brain. Think Sex and the City without the sex (and the superior writing).

The director was obviously a fan of Pretty Woman, as he borrowed heavily from that films Ugly Ducking theme and clothing montages.

Meryl Streep does a fantastic job, though she does make arch virgao Miranda Priestly actually vunerable and human for a few moments, which isn't at all how the character is portrayed in the book. In the book she's the boss from hell from start to finish.

Anne Hathway is credible as the young, fashion impaired assitant who bails when when she discovers herself becoming an urber bitch.

And that's what bothered me - all her friends are on her case for "changing" and her boyfriend dumps her. She's right out of college, that's what you do when you are 22 or 23, find out who you are, try on different jobs and personalities and wardrobes - and try to figure out what you want to be when you grow up. At the end she decides not to sell her soul to the devil and returns to her old, though not quite as frumpy self. Of course it's Hollywood and it has to have a heart tugging "ahoy" ending, but I think most 23 year olds would have been seduced by the power and continued on their stiletto clad path.

The joy of the movie is the clothes - even for polo and jeans wearing person such as myself and the location shots. Someone involved with this film adores New York City and Paris and it shows.
It's the movie equivalent of a beach book and was a perfect way to while away rainy summer afternoon.


Shweta said...

I don't necessarily agree with Mirnda Priestly being a complete hellish boss in the book because there were few instances when Miranda did have a glimmer of understanding towards Amdrea when she said "you emind me of me at your age". I agree the book makes engaging reading on a flight or on the beach or at home on a rainy day!

Anita said...

Thanks to your post I went and saw this movie. I hadn't been to the movies in about three years so it was time. It was fun! I, too, was annoyed at how Andy's friends ragged on her. Streep did a wonderful job portraying the Miranda character and had many good one-liners.