Three Movies: The Good, The Bad, and The Intense

We recently rented The Devil Wears Prada, after a recommendation by Alicia. I didn’t know if Josh would like it, but he did. The movie was funny, but it was also thought provoking as it explores how easy it is to do things you are good at that aren’t necessarily getting you to where you want to be in life. I can relate! Meryl Streep was truly excellent in her role as Miranda, the chief editor of a fashion magazine, highlighting what women have to give up to be powerful and successful. When Miranda tells Anne Hathaway’s character Andy how alike they are, it dawns on Andy that although she is very good at her job, she doesn’t want to become like Miranda. I was left wondering if that is because Andy doesn’t want to be successful in the fashion industry, or because Andy doesn’t want to be successful if it means having Miranda’s life of a bad marriage, bratty spoiled kids she never sees, etc.

My one problem with the movie was that when Andy decides to leave fashion behind, she reverts to bad makeup. What is up with that? I can understand her ditching some of the clothes she had from the magazine, because they were not all flattering and some bordered on ridiculous, but I thought her makeup was great. Then again, I am an addict of red lipstick and overly dramatic eye makeup as daywear myself, and have toned it down a lot over the past few years so who am I to judge.

Next we saw The Breakup. I was expecting this to be a really great and funny movie. I was disappointed. There were some funny moments, especially at the beginning of the movie when Vince Vaughn’s character makes a lot of stereotypical guy-who-doesn’t-get-it mistakes and Jennifer Anniston’s character makes a lot of girl-who-thinks-guys-read-minds mistakes. However, as the movie progresses, it just devolves into a sad and pathetic story and the ending doesn’t redeem it at all.

The one highlight in the bonus features of the DVD was the alternate ending, in which Aniston’s character’s maybe-gay brother’s a cappella group sings “Why Are There So Many Songs About Rainbows” dressed in really flaming cowboy outfits. SO FUNNY.

Finally, last night we watched “The Constant Gardener.” What an excellent film. I thought the story was well done, thought-provoking, and intense. The acting was also very good. This is a complex movie, so you need to watch it when you have time and energy to be thinking while watching, but it’s worth it. I would highly recommend it.

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