The fish out of water trope is explored in a different manner in The Devil Wears Prada, the next film in the DailyView binge. This is the second Meryl Streep movie I watched today, with Kramer vs. Kramer being the first. You could not find two different roles, both played to perfection by Meryl Steep.
The Devil Wears Prada also features Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt, highlighting the list of top notch actresses appearing in this movie.
Anne Hathaway played Andy Sachs, a bright college graduation looking to break into the world of journalism. The problem is that she winds up interviewing for a job as an assistant to Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), the editor in chief of a fashion magazine and one of the most influential names in the industry.
Andy starts off flailing her way through the job, struggling with the impossibility of many of the tasks placed before her by her overbearing boss. Co-worker Emily (Emily Blunt) has been in the position for years, battling her way to a place of importance.
When Andy decides that she is determined to succeed at this job, she begins to transform herself into the type who would be more comfortable in the world of fashion. She begins to create a distance with her boyfriend Nate (Adrian Grenier) and her other friends while becoming more valuable to Miranda.
The Devil Wears Prada has a story that we have seen before (or since as there are many things here shared with Cruella), but the great performances elevate this to a positive note. Meryl Streep takes what could have been a one-dimensional character, but created a fascinating woman who had power and was not afraid to use it.
I know little about the world of fashion, but it looked brutal. The story took the sweet and innocent Andy and turned her into someone who was very different. Watching this happen and seeing how it worked itself out was a lot of fun.