My love for this film was rekindled when it was reshown on E4 last week. While Anne Hathaway plays the main character Andi, it is undoubtedly Meryl Streep who is the star of the show, playing “Miranda”, the editor in chief of Runway and Andi’s employer.
She manages to balance the fine, delicate line between workaholic “dragon-lady” and a surprisingly realistic, relateable character with great skill. Her performance verges on comic at times, while maintaining the stern and frankly terrifying figure of the unreasonable boss that we are all familiar with.
Hathaway is in her somewhat type-casted role as the lovably clumsy main character, but, whereas some of her previous performances have verged on two-dimensional, Andi shows a lot of character development throughout the film. She veers away from her naive and foolish former-self to become more polished, organised, and fashion obsessed as she gets drawn further into the world of designer chic.
The subtle parallels between the two characters become more obvious as the film progresses, culminating in the shocking realisation that perhaps Miranda is not so different from Andi. And that maybe they would be the same, just a few years down the line.
The plot itself is somewhat cliche, with the typical “make-over” scene which seems to haunt all chick-flicks, and romantic dramas which seem somewhat irrelevant and under-developed. However, it is the character development which is truly a “model” for other films to aspire to, and makes for very entertaining viewing for all, fashion-conscious or not.
Recommended for fans of: Ugly Betty, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Confessions of a Shopaholic