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Movie Monologue Monday – Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada

Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada

Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada

This week’s Movie Monologue Monday is going to look at Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada.

In this scene Streep puts a new assistant, who clearly does not understand the fashion industry, in her place. The clip gives a decent amount of context so even if you’re not familiar with the film, you’ll know all you need to know by the time the monologue rolls around.

This is a fine example to study if you’re called upon to play a ultra high status character. Streep demonstrates how great strength and power can be portrayed through silence. She reminds me in this scene of a shark quietly swimming as it patiently waits for the next prey to appear.

She barely rises above a whisper as she completely eviscerates Anne Hathaway. Indeed, she tears strips off of everyone around her even before the monologue comes.

The lessons I take from this piece:

  • Strength doesn’t equal volume.
  • True strength comes from not having to yell.
  • A brutal smackdown can be delivered without violence.

Completely unrelated side note: Stanley Tucci is one of my favourite actors but holy cow is his entrance awkward. I swear you can see him looking for his mark as he walks in.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LVptO7o4L8

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Craig Mason