Monday, August 8, 2011

You Speak Prada?

Why I fell in love with this movie:
1. Beautiful, sweet, adorable story. The epitome of chick flick fare-it's like lightly salted cotton candy. Conversely, it could be seen as an insightful cautionary tale about filling the holes in your heart with material goods. Our spunky protagonist Rebecca Bloomwood is filling the holes in her heart with the shallow and short-lived highs that come from swiping her credit card and filling shiny bags with silky smooth satiny scarves. She takes retail therapy to a whole new level.
2. Pretty, pretty clothes. Although Rebecca's credit card debt is far from pretty, it's easy to understand why she's sorely tempted when she lives dab-smack in the middle of the lush jungle that is the NYC fashion scene. One of my favorites was a rich purple Lanvin dress she purchases near the film's climax. Yum.
Absolutely scrumptious.
Even the token ugly-as-all-get-out bridesmaid's dress she dutifully dons for her best friend's wedding is adorable (in a rainbow-fairy-munchkin kind of way.)
3. Like Devil Wears Prada? The Women? Funny Face? Sex and the City? Or any other fashion-oriented movie? This is better than all of them. You can still feast your eyes on the beautiful clothes, but:
4. This is the most beautiful romance I've seen in a rom-com recently. It's innocent, sweet, and real. The leads have adorable chemistry, and they act like the stepped right out of a 1930's screwball comedy. Both of them are just humans. Who kiss, fall in love, make some mistakes, and then finally grant us one last smooch at the end. When lovers in the movies jump into bed prematurely, it's so darn disappointing. It just puts a damper on the whole thing. And it's dreadfully boring-the guy's already conquered his lady halfway through the movie, which leaves no room for the sexual tension and excitement. Plus also every interaction after the event is dreadfully awkward-or it would be in real life, even though movie magic erases the awk. None of that in this little film, thankyouverymuch. I was rooting for the couple the whole time, and they didn't disappoint.
5. Isla Fisher is hilarious. Seriously. I've never seen her in anything else, but now I want to watch all her movies. She's just delightful onscreen, and her Rebecca Bloomwood is so quirky and weird and goofy and stylish and beautiful and witty. She's the perfect best friend who you know you could always call up to go on a shopping trip.
6. Makes you feel much, much better about your own shopping habits. I was feeling incredibly guilty about how much money I've spent on clothing this summer. And now that all disappeared in an instant. This movie was clever, allowing its viewers the pleasure of being able to sigh "Well, at least I'm not as bad as she is." No matter how much we indulge ourselves, at least Rebecca's worse off than we are. At least, I hope I'll never rack up $9,000 in credit card debt and have a closet so stuffed with clothes I forget I own half of them.
7. Hugh Dancy is a young Colin Firth. 'Nuff said.

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