Last Friday I watched Cruella for the first time and was pleasantly surprised. No the movie wasn’t perfect but it was far more enjoyable than the likes of Mulan, both Maleficent films, and even Cinderella.
Because I liked it so much I decided to watch it again yesterday to see if its enjoyment would hold up and sure enough, it did.
You know those movies that aren’t particularly great stories but are super rewatchable. Cruella is one of those movies.
It’s a classic Disney story with no real authenticity, the writer’s timidity on making Cruella truly evil is a bit frustrating, and yes, the CGI is awful, but ultimately it might become the live-action Disney movie I’ll watch the most.
So what is it that makes Cruella so magnetic? Simple. The characters.
Disney, as you very well know, has decided in the last decade to recreate (or simply elaborate) on a bunch of classic Disney stories that needed a modern revamp. And so we’ve gotten our fill of live-action Disney stories that have ranged from surprisingly entertaining to downright underwhelming (Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Mary Poppins Returns, and Mulan). Now, arrives their latest movie to join this long list, Cruella, and it is near perfect, darling.
Cruella de Vil is easily, in my opinion, the evilest villain in all of Disney thanks to her shocking mission to kill a hundred Dalmatian puppies and turn them into a coat in the 101 Dalmatians. She takes the idea of mean and cruel to the next level.
So how was Disney, the Mickey Mouse brand, going to make a movie about this woman’s origin story? It turns out Cruella is practically Cinderella, with a villainous flair.