Andy (played by Anne Hathaway) is an ambitious graduate who aspires to be a journalist in New York City. Getting a job is tough, so she takes an opportunity as personal “everything” assistant to the Editor of Runway, Miranda Priestly (by Meryl Streep). Runway is the leading women’s fashion magazine and Miranda – a hard task master – is well known in fashion circles as “the devil herself”. At first, Andy has little time or interest in fashion and she is looked down upon, by none moreso than Miranda’s “first” Assistant, Emily (by Emily Blunt), who is disdainful and intolerant of Andy’s dowdy dress sense and seeming ignorance of anything “fashion”. Andy realises she must try to toe the fashion line to get noticed and get her career started, so she enlists the help of the magazine’s Design Chief Nigel, (by Stanley Tucci), who decks her out in everything from Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana to Michael Kors and back again. Andy must jump at every unreasonable whim of Miranda’s and be on duty 24×7, so her relationship with boyfriend Nate (by Adrian Granier) takes a nose-dive. She must balance the demands of her job, her relationship and her burning ambition to find the right road ahead and a life that’s do-able.
This comedy is very entertaining. The fashion industry is portrayed in a tongue-in-cheek way that makes it allowable and the messages are delivered well. Meryl Streep is glorious as the smart and blinkered Miranda and she was nominated for several awards (including an Academy Award [Oscar]) for this work. Anne Hathaway is good and reliable as the badgered, frustrated Andy but the best performances are Emily Blunt’s self-centred and utterly marvellous Emily, “first” assistant to Miranda and Stanley Tucci’s georgeous and straight-talking Nigel – once again he is marvellous in this important support role but he may never get a mention – he seems adept at choosing these roles to shine in. Of course, one cannot help but draw parallels between this ficticious production and the real life documentary “The September Issue” where we learn about the workstyle of Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue magazine. This movie is one of those ones that you wouldn’t mind seeing over again. It’s just pure entertainment. It’s based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Lauren Weisberger – and now I understand a sequel is about to be published – how delicious!. Well done David Frankel.
Made in 2006. Directed by David Frankel