Dismissed as hopeless at first sight by Miranda's super-stressed acerbic First Assistant, Emily (played with a strangely likable twist by Emily Blunt), and given an even more cutting appraisal by Miranda, Andy vows to prove them wrong by doing the job to perfection -- not yet knowing that an average day requires the accomplishment of the proverbial six impossible things before breakfast. Out of her element, Andy enlists the help of Runway's art director, the snarky but sweet Nigel (Stanley Tucci), who transforms her into the ultimate fashionista. In other words, to the unabashed delight of the film's target audience, it's makeover and outfit montage time! But by the time Emily declares to Andy that "you sold your soul the day you put on those Jimmy Choos!", it's obvious that the world Andy once ridiculed has practically subsumed her.
Based on the book by Lauren Weisberger, who drew from her experiences working at Vogue, "The Devil Wears Prada" is impressively free of black-and-white characterizations. A brimstone scent might follow the outrageously demanding and self-serving Miranda wherever she goes, but she's also shown as being devastatingly intelligent and, as Andy points out in a Stockholm Syndrome moment, she is only criticized for her power-plays because of her gender. Supporting characters have their vices and virtues, and the only real enemy is the inner voice that tells us to be someone we're not. Starring Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci, Emily Blunt and Adrian Grenier. Directed by David Frankel. Written by Aline Brosh McKenna. Produced by Wendy Finerman. A Fox release. Comedy. Rated PG-13 for some sensuality. Running time: 109 min