Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Choices of a fashion

The other night, my hubby and I watched Devil Wears Prada, a comedy about a young woman fresh out of college who wants to be a journalist of integrity but gets sucked into the world of high fashion instead.

Personally, I wasn’t all that impressed with the film (though, to be fair, a good friend of mine absolutely loves this film), but there were a couple of things that caught my attention.

First, it reminded me that Meryl Streep is an incredible actress. What that woman can do with her voice is impressive--in this film in particular, I find it remarkable that she so effectively portrays such a cold, ruthless and intimidating person (fashion editor Miranda Priestly) without raising her voice one decibel. And that she then can turn around and make us feel sympathy for Miranda is, well, worthy of the Oscar nomination she’s received.

Second, I appreciated the theme of "choice" running through the film. At various points, main character Andrea Sachs (Anne Hathaway) repeatedly tells others she doesn’t have a choice as she ditches her friends for work, misses her boyfriend’s birthday for a work event and takes an important career-making trip out from under her colleague. However, we viewers get that she does have a choice--and she's choosing her own welfare above that of others around her.

And that aspect of the film gives us a good opportunity to examine the decisions and choices we are making in our own lives. Are there times we fool ourselves into thinking we don’t have a choice when we do? Are we willing to use those times to examine what we truly value, to admit there are moments when we value our jobs, success, reputation, security or respect above God, family or doing what is right?

Good questions, which (along with Streep’s performance) make this film worth the rent.

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2 comments:

susie said...

Carmie--After reading your startling and intriguing review, we saw Pan's labyrinth's L. I didn't get a chance to figure out if it was a powerful movie or not because I spent the whole movie in horrible fear of what that awful captain was going to do next. So I'll have to see it again, now I know. Doug, on the other hand, thought the Captain too predictable and cardboard of a villian, the violence level mild, and pronounced the movie too cliche art noir european.
Now I am again in the safety of my own home, I have enjoyed thinking about the film, thinking about the other reality running close to this one, informing it, realer than it. Mattering more. (God's reality, not Pan's) Good storytelling device for telling the true story.
love, s

Carmen Andres said...

susie, yeah, the film definately deserves it's R rating for violence. in regards to your hubby's thoughts, i think the film's genre as a parable or fairy tale allows for a villian like the Captain (though i thought Del Torro gave us enough hints as to what made him this way and made him far less of a stock or cardboard character). and perhaps it feels cliche to him because of the fairy tale/parable nature? anyway, i hope the film sticks with you -- it definately did me :) thanks for stopping by, susie! blessings, carmen