“Disney’s new film CRUELLA is super entertaining, but with a darkness throughout I just wasn’t expecting. Emma Stone brings Cruella to life, as she is fabulous in this role! This modern-day creation is going to hit a chord with viewers 12 & over too, as it perfectly blends friendship & fashion, with one of the best soundtracks produced for a film in a long time! For me, this film is simply perfect, in a cruel and devilish kinda way”
CRUELLA – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 14 mins.
DIRECTOR: Craig Gillespie
WRITERS: Dana Fox, Tony McNamara (screenplay)
Aline Brosh McKenna, Kelly Marchel and Steve Zissis (story)
Based on the novel “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” by Dodie Smith
STARRING: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, John McCrea, Emily Beecham, and Mark Strong
As we venture into the young life of Estella/Cruella (Emma Stone), it seems that the life of grandeur and fame are only in her dreams, as she becomes orphaned, and is left with not too much of an alternative, but to join forces with newfound friends, and petty thieves Jasper (Joel Fry) and Horace (Paul Walter Hauser). And as time heals most wounds, it seems that Estella and her friends are all longing for a life, that is soooo out of reach.
When Fashion Icon the Baroness (Emma Thompson), happens upon a very extremely talented window dresser, it seems that Estella may have just gotten her chance at true happiness, learning from London’s most influential seamstress.
But as it seems all of Estella dreams are coming true, the cruel Baroness decides, not so fast their missy…as she forces Estella to design not and day, while taking credit for work that is by no means her own…
Head strong and hell bent on making the Baroness pay for her misdeeds, alas we meet Cruella, who’s now making her own way in the fashion industry, as she hatches an elusive plan to expose the Baroness, allowing the world to know exactly what type of demon, she truly is…
I give CRUELLA a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN / CATCH ON DISNEY PREMIERE ACCESS / 4.5 Stars! Emma Stone is sheer perfection in this Cruella prequel, as we learn how a young child’s cruel existence, and biology, can produce someone willing to skin man’s best friend, in order to create the most outstanding outerwear! But, if your are looking for lots of furry friends to be here this time around, think again, as this Cruella film isn’t anything like One Hundred and One Dalmatians, or the Cruella of old either. From its dark undertones in both story and scenery, to the modern day-esque this film takes on a younger Cruella, which is woven into every element of this film too, CRUELLA manages to share a tale of pain, and perseverance, that many young ladies are going to be totally drawn to. Emma Thompson also manages to channel her devilish side as the Baroness, sharing with us a character that you can’t help but despise. And Cruella’s sidekicks, Jasper and Horace, played by Joel Fry (Game of Thrones, Yesterday, Love Wedding Repeat) and Paul Walter Hauser (I, Tonya, BlackKklansman, Richard Jewell) are perfectly cast too, as you’ll love not only their characters, but the big brother protective feels they have, for Estella/Cruella the whole way through as well. Perfect for the girls in your life ages 12 and up, and with an exceptional soundtrack that will have everyone who loves 60’s and 70’s music trying desperately not to sing along, CRUELLA is going to put a smile on your face, and then some, by the time the last frame rolls. And please heed my words as I share that even though this film is from Disney, it’s still way to dark, and rather demented, for the younger ones in your life to grasp, or enjoy for that matter. All I can say iat this point is that the Academy Award winning “Emma’s” have alas brought another very enjoyable film to the big screen, and to streaming on Disney Premiere Access too, and its one of those movies that you’ll want to catch at some point this weekend, whether its at home, or at a theater near you!
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