Friday, March 16, 2007

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

**½
USA

A glorified make-over movie with mild pretensions of a fashion world satire, which are quickly smothered by the makers' fetish for trashy but expensive-looking couture (as well as a crummy sense for comic timing). Anne Hathaway tries very hard to pretend she isn't plucky and puppy-hungry for your love as she plays an aspiring journalist who loses touch with her true self while working for a major fashion magazine. As the boss from hell, Meryl Streep attempts multiple variations on the one note. The only time she's particularly interesting to watch is a brief patch where she's stripped of make-up and her destitute middle-aged-ness is underlined. And even then she's on auto-pilot.

dir: David Frankel
cast: Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, Simon Baker, Adrian Grenier, Tracie Thoms, Daniel Sunjata

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