Monday Movie: The Devil Wears Prada

Yes, call the tabloids! I actually went to the movies!

I went to kill some time, and this was the only one I was remotely interested in watching at the time I was there–the other being Little Man, and I absolutely refuse to watch that.

I liked it.

I’m sure I’ve a character somewhere that I can use Miranda Priestly as a model for. Every writer should write a Dragon Lady character like Priestly in her/his lifetime, especially if you’re a she. I honestly rather BE a Dragon Lady, but it requires work and me lazy.

Andrea Sachs…Sigh. Why oh why oh why oh why must she turn out nice? Why couldn’t she have turned her back on Nate and her journalism dream and become another Miranda Priestly? Mind you, I think Anne Hathaway did a good job.

Wait, I think this is a roman a clef, right? I know Lauren Weisberger wrote the novel of the same name which this movie is based on, but is it a roman a clef? I don’t know.

Mary Sue. Mary Sue. Mary Sue.

This rates 8.5 out of 10.

7 Responses to “Monday Movie: The Devil Wears Prada”

  1. September 19, 2006 at 8:30 am

    You know what? I’m with you on Andrea becoming another Miranda. It’s funny, I got incredibly worked up over this when I saw it. I know it’s just witty, fluff entertainment, but I thought it was so typical of how our culture berates women who make sacrifices to have high profile careers. And yet, if they really want to succeed, they have to become a little bitchy. Men don’t get villified in the same way.

    Sigh. There I go again, reading too much into movies. Don’t even get me started on how The Little Mermaid was a secret allegory about women’s suffrage and the male psyche’s maternal phobia.

  2. September 19, 2006 at 12:44 pm

    I really enjoyed the movie when I saw it over the summer. Meryl Streep was great–I just loved how she played the role so low-key, but she was completely in control at all times.

    I have heard that the book isn’t as good as the movie–that there’s a lot of whining and extra stuff in the book; but I haven’t read it.

    As for showing career women in a negative light, I guess I didn’t pick up on that so much–yes, it’s there, but it didn’t bother me. Maybe because I know many high-powered career women who are likeable, approachable, warm women. I just wrote it off to Miranda’s particular character, and that particular industry.

    But, good point.

  3. September 19, 2006 at 2:53 pm

    I love Meryl Streep so this is something I may have to watch. She is such a fabulous actress!!!!

  4. September 19, 2006 at 4:43 pm

    Colleen, I’ve heard the same thing. I won’t be buying the book anyway–it’s not the sort of thing I like to read anyway.

    Streep’s fab in the movie, Mailyn. Worth the pennies. 🙂

  5. September 19, 2006 at 9:12 pm

    I loved Meryl in the movie. IMO she should win an oscar for that role. Her voice gave me the chills…

    That said, it seems that every women in a position of power is portrayed as a cold bitch by the media. Very annoying.

  6. October 27, 2006 at 11:53 pm

    Streep was awesome in the Devil Wears Prada. I actually saw it twice and I don’t usually like chick flicks.

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