Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Review: The Devil Wears Prada

Some people say it's a great movie if you're a teenage girl, but this bloke in his thirties really enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada.

It's a typical Faustian tale of temptation and the high price of success. Andrea (Anne Hathaway) takes on a job as PA to the fearsome fashion editor Miranda Priestley. At first it's just a job, until Andrea reaches a crisis point and must decide - will she fit in with her job's impossibly high fashion standards and cater to her boss's every whim, or will she quit? She's not a quitter, so she becomes part of the landscape.

It's a good film to watch and think about:
  • toxic working environments
  • abusive bosses
  • the close relationship between ambition, fear and no imagination
  • entrepreneurship as a necessary way out from the madness!
  • the importance of our small moral choices - they all add up to big choices
Of course, most of us won't face situations so dramatic as Andrea's situation, but it's a good moral exercise to put yourself in her Gucci shoes as you watch this entertaining comedy-drama.