When I first heard of this movie, I was happy to see a live-action version of the classic Disney story being made since (I love movies!). However, the recent trailers for the movie have shown a darker and much more violent version of the story, which I find a bit disappointing, as I was hoping that the movie would follow the original Disney version, which was a fairytale with a moral message about how no one should mistreat other people and be themselves.
When I heard Disney was working on a live-action version of “101 Dalmatians”, I was both excited and utterly terrified. Excited because as a Disney fan I couldn’t wait to see one of my all-time favorite stories come to life. Terrified because I feared the live-action treatment would be so bad that it would overshadow the wonderful animated version. I’m happy to say that this was not the case, because Disney did a phenomenal job adapting “101 Dalmatians” into a live-action movie.
I think what we’re seeing here is the beginning of Disney’s 2020 reboot of 101 Dalmatians. And I’m not here to hate on the movie’s producers–I think the project is a smart move for all involved. I’m just not entirely sold on the idea of making a movie out of one of the most beloved Disney films of all time. I’m sure that this new version of the story won’t be made in a way that will offend any of the original fans, but I also don’t expect it to be as good as the first.. Read more about brilliant, bad a little bit mad and let us know what you think.*Warning: minor spoilers about Cruella can be found below.
I still don’t know how we got the origin story of Cruella DeVille, and I still maintain that no one asked to make this movie. But since it was ready and it looked really nice, I decided to go check it out.
And to my delight, I really enjoyed Cruella, even though the film is far from perfect. Emma Stone is absolutely drop-dead gorgeous as the lead actress, and I didn’t think I’d say this at first, but by the end of the film I was completely in love with her portrayal of Cruella. And speaking of Emma: I’m also a big fan of Emma Thompson’s work as the Baroness. For plot reasons, she’s my new favorite villain character, and I absolutely hate her for her work in this movie. She’s the epitome of the kind of person you hate to death but can’t escape, and by the end of the story you can’t wait to see her destroyed.
Also worth mentioning is John McCree, who plays Artie. Besides Emma Stone as Cruella, this is my favorite role in this movie. I love the way he plays this character, and I wish there was more Artie in this movie, because he is a joy to watch! And I also have to say how much I enjoyed Joel Frye and Paul Walter Hauser as Jasper and Horace, respectively. The verbal bickering between the two is very funny at times, I enjoyed watching it.
But ….Cruella also has its drawbacks. First, this movie is too long for the story it is trying to tell. I think if they had shortened the twenty minutes and tightened up the plot, it would have helped the film a lot. It’s not that the story is bad, it just takes too long. This is especially true of the beginning of the film, which takes too long to get to the point. In fact, the beginning is so debauched that I lost interest in the film from the beginning.
The other major flaw appears at the end of the film, before the final act begins. At this point the story almost derailed, but thankfully it came to a happy ending. I’m also not entirely sure if Cruella’s story was necessary, it took me off track at times.
The last downside I have to point out is the CGI. Maybe it’s just me, but as I watched, it was pretty obvious that some of the dog-like characters were CGI generated. I understand why it’s necessary, but it’s distracting when you’re watching a scene and suddenly realize that the dog (or dogs in many scenes) aren’t real. My point is, if you’re going to make a dog in CGI, don’t make it obvious.
Fortunately, when a story finally comes along, it’s a good one. I prefer the scenes where Cruella appears in her fancy clothes. I swear the costumes in this movie should win an award at the next Academy Awards, because I could look at Cruella’s costumes all day and never get tired. I love the contrast between the Baroness’ and Cruella’s choice of clothing, you can immediately see how they differ and why the latter is so popular. I also like how the main character shuttles back and forth between her competing personalities of Estella and Cruella. This is an interesting approach to the character because it not only shows that this version of Cruella is different from the cartoon character, but also suggests that she is capable of becoming that character if she chooses. On the contrary, I’m glad this version of Cruella is different. Her story was fleshed out and she became a sympathetic character (although I wouldn’t call her a nice person, by the end of the film she’s more of a middle ground).
Another thing I really liked about Cruella? Between the lines, this movie is both an origin story for Cruella de Vil and a set-up for the new live-action 101 Dalmatians movie with a new Roger and Anita. Seriously, I’d be shocked if a new 101 Dalmatians movie wasn’t announced in the near future, all the groundwork has already been laid. And judging by the way Cruella’s story ended, I imagine this version of 101 Dalmatians will have a significant twist, though I won’t say what it is so as not to give away Cruella’s plot. I do want to say that the film has every chance of a sequel, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Disney makes that in the next few years.
Overall I’m glad I got to see Cruella, her flaws don’t overshadow her qualities and it’s an interesting take on the character I didn’t think I’d be able to develop, but I’m glad they did.
Let me know what you think of Cruella in the comments below, and have a great day!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is Cruella good or bad?
She is a villain, but she is not evil.
What will Cruella be about?
Cruella will be about a woman who is obsessed with the idea of being beautiful and perfect. She has a very specific idea of what beauty is, and she’s willing to do anything to achieve it.
Did Cruella kill dogs?
No, she only wanted to.
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