In following with my previous article, I would like to talk about another one of my all-time favorite films and why that it is. This time I would like to talk about 2006 film “The Devil Wears Prada”. Now I know what your thinking Aaron that’s a chick flick, but I am a huge chick flick fan put on the “Notebook” I will watch it and probably cry. But I don’t cry during “The Devil Wears Prada” I smile and get lost in the story every time. I also make a strong case for this film every chance, it is also sad that it's not streaming anywhere at the time of this article but I will get to that at the end.
The film is actually based on the 2003 novel of the same name I didn’t know this before writing this article, I will be sure to check it out now to see how it stacks up to the film. In the beginning of the film, we meet Andy Sachs who just graduated from college and want to be a news writer. So goes out for an interview to be an assistant for the editor in chief of the fictional fashion magazine Runway. When she arrives he realizes that she is not fit for this office but wants to give it a try. Just as she gets there the office starts to panic running around getting everything in order. The editor in chief Miranda Priestly is on her way and she is not happy.
The interview scene between Miranda and Andy is the first scene in this film that shows the back and forth between the two main characters and it sets a precedent for the rest of the film. Miranda ask her if she reads Runway, tells her that she had never heard of her before for today. Andy answers “No” to both of those. Then with a deposing look, Miranda looks her up and down and says “and you have no sense of fashion” Andy then says “I think that depends on who you are asking…” she cuts her off and says “no…no… that wasn’t a question”. (That part gets me every time)
Realizing that this is a waste of both of their time Miranda tells her that’s all but as Andy starts to walk out she comes back and says that she realizes that she’s not the right fit here and that she’s not like the other girls but she is a hard worker and will do anything for her. Well, she is saying this Miranda gives her a look of curiosity, Andy leaves. As she is on her way out of the lobby the first assistant comes down and stops her informing her that she has gotten the job.
Starting out Andy has a hard time getting into the swing of things she is basically the gofer for Miranda’s. Putting away her bag, coat every morning, getting coffee and just about everything that Miranda’s trial by fire. It turns is when Andy steps in on a meeting with Miranda some other staff Andy laughs at one of them saying that two almost identical belts are so different. Miranda goes off on her basically saying that no matter what she wears she will always be in the fashion world. After that she goes in to talk to Nigel and says that she has messed up and that she should just quit now well she’s ahead Nigel tells her that she’s not even trying yet and she should try before she does anything after that she becomes a whole new person and the movie takes off from there.
The man behind the helm of this film is New York native, David Frankel. He’s most known for this film along with ”Marley and Me” (2008), “Hope Springs” (2012) and last year's box office let down “Collateral Beauty”, now it wasn’t a bad movie it just didn’t come out at the right time. But anyway he along with others on this production has worked in television, including the 1998 Documentary TV series “From the Earth to the Moon” a few episodes of Band of Brothers. But he’s most known for his work on “Sex and the City” and directing the pilot of “Entourage” there are many directors that like to work with the same people and David is no different, working with the same cinematographer.
Now let's get to the thing that I love the most about this movie, the cinematography. I know what your thinking Aaron this is a chick flick, what do you care about the way the movie looks. Spending 4 years in film school teaches you to look past the story, action, and actors and really look at what is going on up on the screen this movie is beautiful.
With that said this movie is montage city but it doses it so well that it doesn’t mess with the pacing of the film. The one that I love the most is after the turn of the film and Andy as started to settle in and starts to “Dress” the part there is this great montage of her walking to work but every time something passes in front of her and when she comes out the other side she has changes outfits. This works for the movie in two ways it shows off her sense of fashion and how it changes but works as a clever plot device to show the passage of time. There are 2 other montages like this one but this one will always be my favorite.
Who is the Cinematographer behind this movie you may ask, its actually Germen born Florian Ballhaus, his most notable works include “RED” (2010), “The Time Traveler’s Wife” (2009) and I’m sad to say reasonable for the last two films from the Divergent series. But I will forgive him his cinematography was probably the only good thing about those films. He is great to me because he can go from to mediums as well shooting a few episodes of “Sex and the City” as well as the pilot episode for “Lie to Me”.
This movie is full of up and downs and like I said before it’s a shame that it is not streaming anywhere right now, which brings be back to what I said at the beginning I email all the top streaming services once a month asking them to bring this movie back to their repertoire please join me in this fight “Bring back Devil Wears Prada”