The Devil Wears Prada: Hell on Wheels, a movie starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, DVD version
Five out of five stars
In a film world dominated recently by long runs of what are often successive remakes as well as massive action superhero movies, this one is original, entertaining and refreshing. It demonstrates that there is still room in the genre for movies about humans dealing with complex personal and professional situations.
Anne Hathaway is Andy Sachs, an aspiring journalist fresh out of college that is hired as an assistant to the extremely demanding fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep.) To say that Priestly is difficult is to say the sun is a bit hot, she goes through assistants at a regular rate and her demands are on the edge of impossible tasks.
Yet, the movie is more about ambition, a drive to succeed, what it takes to make it in a very demanding profession as well as the personal cost. When Sachs changes her wardrobe and starts rising in the assistant hierarchy to Priestly, she begins losing her friends. Her job becomes her life, she is on call nearly 24/7 and she now dresses very elegantly and her friends point out the changes in her personality. It is a very common problem that many successful people face, as they rise to positions of influence and power, the people that were once their inseparable companions are left behind.
The choice then becomes to continue in the glamorous world of fashion with the incredible stress of working for the most demanding of bosses or to go back to your roots. It is a choice that many people have to make at some point in their life and it is not an easy one.
The performances of Streep and Hathaway are excellent, Priestly is very unemotional, yet demonstrates her anger in obvious ways. Streep demonstrates once again that great emotion can be expressed by simply altering your tone of voice as well as your cadence. It is an enjoyable film about difficult circumstances that many people face.