Cruella Room Reviews – Coastal Courier
This week on “Justin Hall At The Movies” I will be reviewing Emma Stone as Disney’s infamous dognapper in “Cruella”.
Cruella joins the roster of many Disney characters to have his film featured. I’m not entirely convinced that’s enough to justify its existence, but you know what? I was pleasantly surprised by many of them. I think a lot of it has to do with casting Emma Stone as the main character.
As with many of these origin stories, we are introduced to Cruella as a girl, but named Estella, who is rude and rebellious to pretty much everyone around her, including her own mother (Emily Beecham). One night they arrive at a party hosted by the Baroness (Emma Thompson) to ask for help and through a series of unfortunate events, the Baroness’ Dalmatians accidentally push her over a cliff leading to the death of his mother. I wonder what she will think of Dalmatians as an adult?
Cruella runs away and meets two street thugs and together they form a union of pickpockets so that Cruella can fund his dream of becoming a designer.
Years later, the adult Cruella (Emma Stone) caught the Baroness’ attention and landed a job in her store. The interaction between the two Emma’s kind of reminded me of Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada.
Joel Fry and Paul Walter Hauser are the adult version of the thugs working for Cruella and she wants to organize a revenge plan against the Baroness and she comes up with the elaborate idea of dyeing her hair half black and half white and dressing up as the Baroness Fashion Shows.
The film is set during the British punk rock movement of the 1970s, and Cruella’s tactics to sabotage them are punctuated with classics such as “Should I stay or should I go?” and “Sympathy for the Devil”.
There is a pretty entertaining movie here and I wish the filmmakers had structured it better with a lighter, more efficient pace instead of giving us a 2 hour 14 minute movie which is a bit too long for this. kind of movie for this character.
It also suffers from a predictable arc not only in terms of Cruella’s final destination, but also in terms of some revelations revealed towards the climax.
However, all the same, I recommend Cruella in large part because there is a lot of entertaining material and Stone and Thompson are having so much fun with their over the top performances.
Add to that, the sensational hair and makeup design along with the terrific production design make this a cruel time, but in a good way.
Rating: B +
(Rated PG-13 for some violence and thematic elements.)