“Cruella,” the new Disney live-action film, which premiered on May 28, is a refreshingly evil delight, which asks audiences to reconsider everything they thought they knew about the original antagonist in both the 1991 and 1996 “The Hundred and One Dalmatians” classics.
Directed by Craig Gillespie and starring Emma Stone as Cruella De Vil and Emma Thompson as The Baroness, the two-hour movie is filled with excitement and twists. The Baroness, in summary, is a very well-known fashion designer in London, and Cruella seeks to be the brilliant fashion designer The Baroness once was.
Stone plays the part as the villain character in a very riveting way, which makes the audience believe she is a true menace to society. However, the film seems to glorify that individuals should seek vengeance against those who have caused harm and have done wrongs against them.
“Cruella” often cuts its titular character too much slack while it goes about explaining what made her into the person she is. Although, without giving away any spoilers, the tragedy that happened to Cruella early in the movie does work to build audience sympathy with a character. The entirety of the movie seeks to explain why Cruella De Vil acts the way she does and why she is the way she is, but there could be more positive aspects of the film.
A wrong-doing does not make another wrong-doing OK or justified, and this theme, although briefly touched on, is not the main theme of “Cruella.” The film makes excuses for Cruella, as well as The Baroness, even though it does touch on cycles of revenge. The theme of Cruella also seems to humanize the villain However, she is a villain. Every villain has a backstory that describes who they are, why they do the things they do and the way they do them.
Both Stone and Thompson play their roles very well and the film is a joy to watch. From the very start of the movie to the credits, each scene grabs the audience’s attention and intrigues them, but also leaves them wanting more.
Stone and Thompson are not the only actors who understand the assignment and play their roles to the best of their ability. All characters are played by phenomenal actors who play their parts well but also have fun with it. It was noticeable that every person who plays a part, whether it be behind the scenes or in front of the camera, not only took their role seriously but had fun while they filmed “Cruella.”
The “Cruella” film is filled with seriousness, however, the film does not shy away from scenes and interactions that are sarcastic, witty and humorous. There is not a single part of the film that was boring as it is a very fast paced, yet intriguing, Disney movie.
The soundtrack and music, by Nicolas Britell, is exceptional throughout the film. There are multiple times when goosebumps are formed because the song choice fits perfectly with what occurred. The soundtrack varied with songs from various genres and artists.
The costume design, by Jenny Beavan, and the makeup for the film is outstanding with various extravagant, vibrant looks for the actors throughout the movie. Each intricate look seems as if to take a lot of time, hard work and dedication went into them and it definitely paid off. Each design is different from the previous one, beautiful and eye-catching.
The end of the “Cruella” film leaves audiences wanting more as it sets the stage for there to be a possibility of a second movie.
Rating: 4/5 STARS