I would like that thank Disney for allowing me to watch and review this film.
Director: Craig Gillespie
Writers: Dana Fox and Tony McNamara
Cast: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson and Joel Fry
Platform: Disney Plus and In Theaters
Release Date: May 28th
The story: Set in the 1970s in London during the punk rock movement, the film follows Estella de Vil, an aspiring fashion designer, and explores the path that will lead her to become a notorious criminal known as Cruella de Vil.
I don’t know if people will believe me if I said that Cruella is Disneys best live action film to date. They have encountered a rocky road when it comes to breathing new life into their beloved properties. I started to believe that Disney had no business dabbling with films such as the Lion King, Aladdin and Mulan, and the though of a Cruella De Vil movie had me worried… until I saw the trailer. My interest escalated as the promotional run for the film went on, and now that I’ve seen what this film is capable of, I can confidently say that Cruella was a delight.
This film does a fantastic job setting up the perfect backstory for one of Disney’s favorite villains. From the get go I was intrigued by the type of journey this film had to offer. This two hour and twenty minutes long adventure is paced well and I enjoyed how you got to receive a bit of a prologue to the prequel. You spend a healthy amount of time with Cruella and her upbringing into the fashion world. The side characters felt organic and served their time well with the plot of the story.
Emma Stone was brilliant as always and breathed a new persona into the Cruella De Vil. She grew smart, witty and cunning and as the film progressed we were brought a new profile into Cruella’s story. The main focus of the film is the rivalry between Cruella and the Baroness, played by Emma Thompson. The Chemistry between these two monolith actresses is just what you would expect. They brought a The Devil Wears Prada atmosphere to the this film and it is everything I have wanted and more. The universe these characters live in is just as important as the story itself. The ambiance of this altered 70’s punk/rock London will leave you craving more.
Final Thoughts: This is Disney’s best live action film to date. Emma Stone performance as Cruella De Vil rivals that of Glenn Close. She is sly, devious and deceitful and I wouldn’t want it any other way. The film is set to release in theaters and Disney Plus vis premiere access on May 28th.
My Score: A-
Christian is a film critic and founder of the Film Optix Podcast. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association. You can find him on Twitter @Musiccitynerd