David Frankel

TV guy who also does movies.

Don't Like It The Devil Wears Prada (2006) -- There are a couple of moments in this movie where you think it might rise above just another dumb movie.  The main moment is when Meryl Streep explains to Anne Hathaway that it's impossible to live outside of fashion and that, in fact, the very color of the sweater she was wearing had been specifically chosen for her and that she wore it because she had to.  It looked as if the filmmakers were going to reveal that fashion was not just superficial, and not even just art, but it was part of the machinations that make up life itself.  But we eventually realize that this moment and the one or two others like it was a fluke, and that Meryl Streep was meant to just be Cruella De Vil (so much that it took me a while to realize it wasn't Glenn Close) and that Anne Hathaway was indeed the "real" girl who had to fight her and her evil, superficial ways.  Another "rich people and celebrities suck" movie.  It would take me a long time to get into the real problems of the movie: the condemnation of fashion while lusting after it on the screen, the boringness and pointlessness of Anne Hathaway's love interests, and more.  Anyway, it was just a movie I watched with my wife because we were stuck in a hotel room and it happened to come on HBO.

Copyright (c) Aug 2007 by Rusty Likes Movies