Cruella

2021, Comedy/Kids & family, 2h 14m

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Cruella can't quite answer the question of why its title character needed an origin story, but this dazzling visual feast is awfully fun to watch whenever its leading ladies lock horns. Read critic reviews

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With dazzling costumes, a great soundtrack, and a pair of terrific performances from Emma Stone and Emma Thompson, Cruella shows a classic character in an entertaining new light. Read audience reviews

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Academy Award (R) winner Emma Stone ("La La Land") stars in Disney's "Cruella," an all-new live-action feature film about the rebellious early days of one of cinemas most notorious - and notoriously fashionable - villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil. "Cruella," which is set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, follows a young grifter named Estella, a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets. One day, Estella's flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute, played by two-time Oscar (R) winner Emma Thompson ("Howards End," "Sense & Sensibility"). But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella.

Cast & Crew

Emma Stone
Estella, Cruella
Emma Thompson
The Baroness
Emily Beecham
Catherine, Maid
Mark Strong
John the Valet
Dana Fox
Screenwriter
Tony McNamara
Screenwriter
Emma Stone
Executive Producer
Michelle Wright
Executive Producer
Jared LeBoff
Executive Producer
Glenn Close
Executive Producer
Nicolas Karakatsanis
Cinematographer
Nicholas Britell
Original Music
Fiona Crombie
Production Design
Jourdan Henderson
Art Director
Alice Felton
Set Decoration
Jenny Beavan
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  • May 31, 2021
    Disney does "The Devil Wears Prada" in this reimagination of the iconic villain from "101 Dalmations" following the somewhat turbulent trend of Maleficent and you know what? It really worked for me. I especially love how the film utilizes the cultural phenomenon of 1970's Punk in the UK by marrying the aesthetic and spirit to Cruella's character and juxtaposing it against the conservative fashion world she battles. My only gripe with the film really is the titular protagonist plays it safe and never touches deep enough on the darker, "crueller" aspects of her character. Unfortunately expected in a Disney production but it would've made her epiphanic transformation into the 3rd act (or rather 5th act) much stronger and probably would've let the writers make the narrative thematically clearer. Cruella is a somewhat familiar story about a young woman who through misguided mentorship and hardship must come to terms with her past to find herself. Although somewhat muddled in the message it wants to send, the film finds a lot of fun and some twists along the way while tying up rather neatly. Also I originally thought Emma Stone was a little miscast in the role but by the closing of the film her vicious performance won me over 😈
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