Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 2006. Fox 2000 Pictures, Dune Entertainment, Major Studio Partners. Screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the novel by Lauren Weisberger. Cinematography by Florian Ballhaus. Produced by Wendy Finerman. Music by Theodore Shapiro. Production Design by Jess Gonchor. Costume Design by Patricia Field. Film Editing by Mark Livolsi. Academy Awards 2006. American Film Institute 2006. Golden Globe Awards 2006. National Board of Review Awards 2006. National Society Of Film Critics Awards 2006. Online Film Critics Awards 2006.
This movie is fabulous with a capital snap! Adapted from Lauren Weisberger’s popular novel, it features Meryl Streep as an Anna Wintour-esque magazine editor (commonly referred to as ‘Dragon Lady’) who makes life hell for a young journalist (Anne Hathaway) looking to survive her first big job in the Big Apple. Hathaway goes from grungy newbie to slick fashionista in no time in an effort to keep up with the Evangelistas, but it soon becomes apparent that in order to get ahead she has to leave her old life, including loving boyfriend Adrian Grenier, far behind. While the plot development is at times a bit tepid (self-realization through fashion, who thought of that?), David Frankel’s direction is energetic and stylish, and coupled with the fantastic costume work of Patricia Field (Sex And The City) the film is never anything less than a fully satisfying treat. It’s also such a huge relief to see a movie made by people who don’t hate women: Streep’s Miranda Priestley is bitchy and frightening but she is also driven, smart and sympathetic, and it’s no surprise that Streep manages to find the human qualities in even the most dangerously archetypal of characters. Watching her chew up scenery and spit it out for two hours is a slice of heaven in itself, but the script also has some extremely well-written dialogue that allows us into the mind of a woman who has actively made choices in her life and is fully accepting of the consequences that follow. Besides, anyone who can deliver that kind of monologue on the cultural influence of cerulean blue is my new best friend. Girls, grab your gay boyfriends and run to the box office, they’ve finally made a date movie for the Will And Grace set.