When The Satan Wears Prada launched 15 years in the past, it was seen as a coming-of-age movie for Andy, performed by Anne Hathaway, whose life revolves round her boss Miranda Priestly, performed by Meryl Streep. Whereas on first viewing, it’d seem like Andy is the heroine and Miranda is the unhealthy one, the frilly web discourse across the movie in the previous couple of years has made us look at the movie from completely different views because the dialog round girls within the office has shifted dramatically.
At first, The Satan Wears Prada seems like a daily rom-com the place Andy’s private life is falling aside as a result of her boss Miranda is simply too demanding. She expects perfection in each division, desires her group to be on their A-game in any respect hours and doesn’t tolerate mediocrity and that’s as a result of she ticks all these packing containers herself. As Andy herself acknowledges within the movie – If Miranda was a person, this type of behaviour wouldn’t have gotten her the label of ‘Dragon Girl’ however she would reasonably be applauded for her work ethic. To place it merely, a girl like Miranda deserves to be celebrated and the movie stresses it in each scene that options her. Wanting intently, it’s close to inconceivable to discover a scene within the movie the place Miranda will not be working and that exhibits the sort of dedication that she has in the direction of her job.
Take as an example the now iconic ‘cerulean sweater’ scene. Miranda has a whole dialog about vogue historical past while she is looking for the proper search for a function within the journal. Though Andy can’t inform two belts aside, Miranda understands the facility of vogue and may faculty her on it. The movie examines the notion of profitable girls within the office in a number of locations. One other divorce, one other public scandal and the robust competitors that Miranda has to face up to whereas sustaining a troublesome exterior simply goes to point out that she will be able to’t let her guard down even for a second as a result of in her world, being weak, which is historically perceived as a female trait, is equal to being weak.
Meryl Streep, who performed Miranda to close perfection, is an actor par excellence. And although she has given some unbelievable performances in her profession, The Satan Wears Prada was a giant departure for her by way of style. Up till then, Meryl was normally seen in severe drama movies however The Satan Wears Prada promised her viewers that she might do no flawed, even when she was in a seemingly mainstream light-hearted movie.
In a latest reunion interview with Leisure Tonight, Meryl and costume designer Patricia Discipline spoke in regards to the alternative for her hairdo within the movie. Patricia recalled that the studio wasn’t satisfied with Miranda having brief white hair however when Streep walked into the workplace, she pulled a Miranda and the room fell silent. Patricia recalled that it was the magic of the actor who might simply stroll in with out saying a phrase and nonetheless be heard. Anne Hathaway, who was additionally part of the interview, recalled that in her first studying with Streep, she realised the facility of silence and the way saying one thing in a whisper could possibly be a lot extra authoritative than yelling it out.
Meryl’s dialogues from the movie have now achieved cult standing, because of the numerous memes that normally seem round spring however there’s one thing to be appreciated a few movie that was made 15 years in the past and nonetheless holds up. The Satan Wears Prada options two feminine characters which can be poles aside from one another however it’s their variations that make this a movie price revisiting. And with each repeat watch, you’re sure to grasp that Andy isn’t all that helpless and Miranda is definitely not the vamp she is made out to be.