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The Devil Wears Prada

Hell On Heels. 

Year: 2006 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC PG Cert – Parental guidance 
Subtitles: This film is expected to have certain elements which are subtitled, but it is not expected that the entire film will contain them. 
Directed by David Frankel 
Starring: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt  
An image from The Devil Wears Prada

Devil Wears Prada? For Term 1? Groundbreaking.

A year working under the infamous fashion mogul Miranda Priestly ensures any budding journalist the greatest reference you could ever hope to receive, which is just what Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) needs. Simple right? When she first joins the staff at Runway magazine, Andy sees herself as ‘above it all’ and shows nothing but disdain for the supposedly shallow world of fashion she now finds herself in. However, soon she learns just what it takes to make it in the fast paced world of fashion, and her work slowly begins to consume her life. As her closet expands, her social life shrinks, and Andy struggles to get that ‘work-life balance’ we all strive for. Devil Wears Prada is more than a chick flick - it's a slick, dynamic story filled to the brim with quotable lines, glorious closets and shocking revelations.

Meryl Streep is truly sublime as Miranda. Her first walk into the building as everybody scuttles around her is a masterful scene in showing just how much her character strikes fear into those around her. Miranda’s scathing remarks, ruthless behaviour and impossibly high standards littered throughout the film drive the story and makes for a myriad of memorable moments - cerulean sweater anyone? Though Streep is the obvious standout, the entire cast is nothing short of spectacular. If you haven't already seen this film, then by all means, move at a glacial pace.

That's All.

Sophie Cooper

Two-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep stars as Miranda Priestley, editor of the fictional Runway magazine. They say that just a year’s experience of working under Ms Priestley will lead to whatever job a journalist dreams of. After firing her previous second assistant, the demanding Miranda is on the lookout for a new one. In steps Andrea (Hathaway), a young woman with no fashion sense, no knowledge of Miranda Priestley, or her magazine, and most certainly no idea of how to spell Gabbana. Despite all of this, however, Miranda sees something in Andrea that makes her take the risk of employing her. The endless list of seemingly impossible tasks that Andrea is landed with over the next few months will truly shape her as a person and help her realise finally just what matters most to her in life.

Based on Lauren Weisberger’s novel, The Devil Wears Prada simply oozes class and sophistication. Meryl Streep adds yet another string to her bow of endless roles and could very well add to her thirteen Academy Award nominations come Oscar time. The film is worth watching simply for Miranda’s acid one-liners and, even though we shouldn’t laugh at the poor girl, her treatment of Andrea.

It would be unfair to call The Devil Wears Prada a chick flick. Although there is a focus on the world of fashion journalism, there is more than enough wit, drama and comedy in the film to appeal to anyone.

Ricky Wyatt

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Screenings of this film:

2006/2007 Spring Term (35mm)
2006/2007 Spring Term (35mm)
2023/2024 Autumn Term (35mm)
2023/2024 Autumn Term (35mm)