The Devil Wears Prada (2005)
I missed out on this movie when it came out and never got the DVD. It’s the ultimate fashion film, dare I say it written by women for women to be watched by women. Nothing wrong in that, for years women have had to endure testosterone-laden war and cowboy films.
Nonetheless I am not a woman and the glitzy world of high fashion leaves me cold. So does the actress Meryl Streep.
My personal favourites are Kristin Scott Thomas and Cate Blanchett.
I found the film more interesting from the point of view of the boss/PA relationship.
Young and intelligent Andy (Anna Hathaway) scurries away to the every whim and caprice of Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), modeled on the legendary editor of Vogue, Anne “Nuclear” Wintour. There was enough about it to keep me engaged.
Again I missed out on Mike Leigh’s film about J.W.M. Turner. It’s not really a biopic as it only covers his last 25 years – whilst he was a prodigy entering the Royal Academy aged 14. There he was nicknamed “Pass the mustard” Turner as so many of his seascapes are bathed in a yellow hue.
Although arguably the finest marine painter of all time, the film concentrated more on his colourful personal life, divided between his housekeeper Hannah Danny (Dorothy Atkinson), who bore him two children, and a widow named Sophia Booth (Marion Bailey) he met whilst boarding in Margate.
He caught his cockney accent (Turner’s father was a Covent Garden barber) perfectly and the coarseness of his manner contrasted with the stuffiness of his fellow Academicians.
I would have preferred a more rounded picture of the painter but it was rather a beautiful film on a complex genius, but aren’t all geniuses complex?
Film on Four is reliable source of post-war movies but I do find the lengthy ad breaks highly disruptive.