Plot: A smart but sensible new graduate lands a job as an assistant to Miranda Priestly, the demanding editor-in-chief of a high fashion magazine.
Cast your mind back to a simpler time. A time before iPhones, the Kardashians, and when Anne Hathaway wasn’t public enemy No.1. In 2006, The Devil Wears Prada became Meryl’s biggest hit of the 00s behind Mamma Mia, bringing the Anne Wintour-esque character of Miranda Priestly to life from the hit Lauren Weisberger novels.
Mirroring the success of TV’s Ugly Betty, although to a less flamboyant level, this was the film that introduced Meryl to a whole new generation of filmgoers. I watched this one on Meryl’s birthday (June 22nd, for the uninformed) as I thought it deserved to be marked with one of her best films, rather than a ropey romcom or something similar (I waited for a few days before I watched Music of the Heart).
By all means move at a glacial pace. You know how that thrills me.
– Miranda Priestly
The balance of the character is the most important part of the film (as well as witnessing Emily Blunt flourish into a Hollywood megastar in front of your eyes), carefully switching between being an unremitting bitch to a fragile, middle-aged woman on the brink of divorce. Her performance is what draws you in, just as it does for Hathaway’s Andy, but just as you are about to feel sorry for her, her guard goes back up and you feel like you never glimpsed that side of her at all.
Much like Death Becomes Her, Meryl has her army of homosexuals to partly thank for The Devil Wears Prada’s continued popularity. The ever GIF-able scenes of Miranda shooting a snotty look or demanding a private jet in a tropical thunderstorm show no sign of letting up being used in catty online comebacks just yet. And who hasn’t used Miranda as a personal inspiration for their workplace persona? … Just me then?
Upon it’s release, this film has easily become one of her classic roles and is definitely one of my favourite lighter-hearted Meryl films. Now please bore someone else with your… questions. I have more Meryl films to watch.