The Devil Wears Prada: Worth the $17!!!

August 20, 2006

Friday night my husband and I went to the movies (an very NON-frequent occurance these days) and saw “The Devil Wears Prada” with Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway.  We walked away glad to have spent our precious date-night time (and funds) on the film!
My husband let me pick the film, so I chose “Prada” over “Pirates of the Carribean” and “The Lady in the Water.”  I was afraid the film might be too much of a “chick-flick” for him, but he enjoyed it as much as I did.

Though set in the offices of a NY fashion magazine, the movie deals with questions anyone can relate to: “Can you balance work with life?”, “What is success worth?”, “What IS success?” “Do we really have choices?”, and “Who am I and what do I value?” (It also featured a lot of really pretty clothes that I enjoyed looking at!)

The plot was unpredictable with several unexpected twists and turns; it was well-paced and extremely funny.  The moments of drama and emotion were believable and human.

By far the most enjoyable part of the film were the performances. Anne Hathaway was delightful (she’s grown up a lot since “The Princess Diaries”) and Streep was amazing!  Her editor-in-chief was more than just the “devil” of the title.  She was not a villian for whom the audience feels no sympathy.  Rather, she was a real person–driven, complex, intelligent, vulnerable at times, devoted to her work, and, yes, not very nice much of the time–but still a real, recognizeable human being.  

My husband I left the film with a lot to talk about and glad to have passed a few hours with such an intelligent, entertaining film.  Two thumbs up!