Release Date: May 28, 2021 (Nigeria)
Directed By: Craig Gillespie
Produced By: Andrew Gunn, Marc Platt and Kristin Burr
Cast: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Mark Strong
Awesome-o-metre : 6/10
Disney’s Cruella follows the story of Estelle (Emma Stone) a talented but rebellious kid with a knack for fashion designing who upon the death of her mother, joins a duo of thieves to make ends meet. However, when she befriends fashion legend Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson), she embraces her wicked side to become the raucous and revenge-bent Cruella De-Vil.
You guys remember that villain from 101 Dalmatians who wants to skin puppies and make a coat? Well, since Maleficent made so much money, Disney decided that she may as well also have her own original story. I had my doubts as to how they planned to weave the story to make us root for a villainous character like Cruella and I must admit that they did a good job…however I wasn’t convinced. That they pitted her against a more wicked antagonist doesn’t make her a good person, just a less wicked one. So, NO, I am not team Cruella.
Cruella is set in 1970s London, and the choice of music, the costume and the set of were so detailed and well-done. That to me is the highlight of this live action adaptation.
There has been so much talk of Emma Stone’s performance as the titular character, and I agree that she did an amazing job. She was like a mash of Jack Sparrow and the Mad Hatter. This may be the conspiracy theorist in me, but I feel that the undertone in this film is to draw attention to bi-polar people. How else can one explain the dual-colored hair and the dual personality? Maybe I am over thinking this sha.
Cruella is deliciously wicked, but unnecessarily lengthy. It’s still in cinemas, so make sure you give it a watch and when you do, please feel free to leave a comment below or