Okay, I admit it. Now that I've seen the trailer for The Devil Wears Prada, I actually kinda want to see it. Meryl Streep, with short, smartly styled silver hair, delivers her lines in the trailer with an icy-cold softness that says, "I'll rip you to shreds with my manicured nails and eat you raw for lunch if you piss me off." And casting sweet-and-innocent-looking Anne Hathaway (The Princess Diaries) opposite Streep as the recent college grad from the Midwest who goes to work for the biggest bitch in the fashion biz, could end up being genius. The trailer looks smart, sharp and funny (of course, it's always possible that the rest of the movie doesn't live up to it, but a girl can hope), and now I'm actually interested to see the film. I mean, it's Meryl Streep! That gives it some potential, right?
Streep, who had slowed down a little over the past couple years, is suddenly churning out work like a woman on a mission. She has no fewer than eight projects in the works at the moment, from voicing the Queen Ant in the upcoming animated flick The Ant Bully, to the beleagured Jodie Foster-helmed circus-freak flick, Flora Plum (currently listed on IMDb as costarring Ewan McGregor), to Conquistadora, with dream cast William H. Macy, Patricia Clarkson, and Chris Cooper, to First Man, in which she will play a presidential candidate whose businessman husband (Robert DeNiro) quits his job to run his wife's campaign. That's a whole lotta Streep coming up. I hope this signals the start of a revival for her, because she is one of my fave actresses, and I will see just about anything she's in.
(Editor's note: As reader Seth so politely pointed out, "smartly styled" does not require a hyphen because 'smartly' is an adverb. I corrected my error, so now my own J-school grammar-police professor can stop spinning in his grave.)