Even if it’s a good and entertaining movie, Disney’s Cruella doesn’t bring anything new to the table.
I grew up watching 101 Dalmatians, as well as Tom & Jerry (but that’s a different story). So naturally, when I read that Disney is doing a live action origin story for Cruella de Vil, I was excited.
Cruella is an iconic villain. She’s one of the most know Disney villains ever. I was skeptical of casting Emma Stone in the titular role, but thankfully, she proved me wrong.
Honestly, I didn’t want to pay to watch the movie in theaters or Premier Access on Disney+, so I waited. Watching the movie on a Saturday afternoon, I was able to pause and rewind, take another look at some of the details.
First, Cruella’s set design and art direction is perfection. From costume design to music design as well as graphics and fashion shows, the movie nails everything.
Second, let’s talk story. The movie answers a question that no one really asked: What happens if The Devil Wears Prada events happened in the 101 Dalmatians universe? No one really asked that question and it’s the worst part of the movie: the plot. Cruella here is a mentally challenged individual who’s seeking acceptance in a fashion infused universe.
Most twists and turns were VERY predictable. From the hair to the name and the last name, as well as driving skills. Hats off to Emma Stone who tried her best to create an amazing persona and performance out of a boring and flat script.
Should you watch it?
Disney’s Cruella doesn’t bring anything new to an origin story. Emma Stone is perfect, direction is perfect, set design is perfect, but the script doesn’t help in making this movie a standout.