Friday, June 23, 2006
Let Us Now Praise: Emily Blunt
The young actress who exchanges passionate art house drama for slick Hollywood comedy is labeled a practical careerist by sympathizers and a sell-out by serious-minded fans.
The exception is British actress Emily Blunt, who shifts effortlessly from last summer’s erotic coming-of-age drama “My Summer of Love” to the bubbly big city girl tale “The Devil Wears Prada.”
Meryl Streep receives the film’s best dialogue and spotlight moments as Miranda Priestly, the devilish editor of the fashion bible “Runway Magazine.” Anne Hathaway flaunts her girl-next-door charisma as Andy Sachs, Priestly’s overworked assistant.
But much of the sass, style and spite in director David Frankel’s (“Sex in the City” and “Entourage”) adaptation of Lauren Weisberger’s best-selling novel belongs to Blunt as Emily, Priestly’s previous assistant and an obsessively dedicated follower of fashion.
Every moment from Blunt is funny. More importantly, it rings true.
“My Summer of Love,” a love story about women from opposites of the British class divide, was an undiscovered summertime gem worth seeking. “The Devil Wears Prada” is anything but little seen, arriving in theaters with all the publicity and marketing oomph worthy of a summertime blockbuster.
For Blunt, the extra attention is well deserved.