A few thoughts about . . . The Devil Wears Prada

I’m fairly late to the party on this one.  I mean, this movie is so 2006!  Anyway, to sum up my thoughts on this movie, I’m going to present a little quiz.  This is especially for anyone who has not seen “The Devil Wears Prada” yet, though if you have and are a bit murky on the details, you’re welcome to join the fun too.

The following is a mini-course on Movie Predictability.  I’ll give you the setup for the plot, then ask a series of yes/no questions on what you think will happen during the film.

Premise: A young, naive, and ambitious college graduate with good looks and a terrible sense of fashion takes a job as a personal assistant to one of the world’s most famous (and most ascerbic) fashion magazine editors.  The main character earned her degree in print journalism, but can’t seem to find a suitable/respectable job anywhere, so she accepts this job under the premise that one year with this particular editor will help her land a writing job anywhere.  The main character has a small cadre of fun, no-nonsense friends and a scruffy-looking but kind and down-to-earth boyfriend who’s trying to make it big as a restaurant chef.

Here’s the quiz.

  1. Will the fashion magazine editor be truly The Worst Boss to Ever Walk the Earth?
  2. Will the main character be totally overwhelmed by her responsibilities?
  3. Will the main character feel completely alienated from everyone she works with?
  4. Will the main character want to quit?
  5. Will she quit?
  6. Will the main character make lots of mistakes and have a high probability of getting fired?
  7. Will she get fired?
  8. Will the main character start to excel at her job and fit in at the magazine?
  9. Will she discover fashion?
  10. Will she alienate her friends with her new attitude?
  11. Will an attractive alternate love interest be introduced?
  12. Will the main character have a falling out with her boyfriend because of how much she’s changed?
  13. Will the main character become the editor’s right-hand woman?
  14. Will she get to take an exotic trip with the editor, which used to be available to the editor’s former right-hand woman?
  15. Will the alternate love interest be there?
  16. Will the main character and the alternate love interest give in to temptation?
  17. Will the alternate love interest very soon thereafter be revealed as a selfish jerk who reveals Bad News to the main character shortly before she walks out on him?
  18. Will the fashion editor have a personal vulnerability that is revealed to the main character, thus allowing for an empathetic relationship between them?
  19. Will the Bad News be thwarted?
  20. Will the main character finally awake to the realization that her job turned her into a vapid, self-absorbed skank and quit?
  21. Will she get back with her boyfriend?
  22. Will the boyfriend land a great job?
  23. Will she get a job in more humble circumstances that’s a better fit for her personality?
  24. Will the fashion editor publicly lambast the main character for quitting her job, but privately think she’s a wonderful person?
  25. Does the movie have a happy ending?

 

Okay, all done.  How did you do?  (Only the answers to Questions 5 and 7 were not “yes.”)

This movie looked really promising in the beginning minutes, and I was quite enjoying myself for the first half hour or so.  But once the main character transformed into a fashion maven to fit in better at work, it all went downhill very fast.

Is it bad for a movie to be completely and utterly predictable?  Not if it can still manage to be fun.  Being predictable just makes it that much harder to be enjoyable, as the audience is continually distracted by all the contrived scenarios they’ve already seen a million times before.

The pluses: Meryl Streep’s and Emily Blunt’s fantastic performances as fashion editor Miranda Priestly and her first assistant Emily.

The negatives: most everything else.  Anne Hathaway brings her considerable good looks but little charm to the role.  It could have been played by anyone else, and probably should have.

In the end I’m going to be just as dismissive of this movie as Miranda is of, well, just about everything.

5/10

“That is all.”

One Response to “A few thoughts about . . . The Devil Wears Prada”

  1. Oh, I see that this move generally imitates life in that the world would have us believe that everything revolves around temporary pursuits. Fashion is as changable as yesterday’s socks, so it becomes the prize that nobody can truly attain, only chase. Sad.

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