Cruella is a visually dazzling crime comedy elevated by the riveting performance of the talented Emma Stone.
Based on the character from Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The One Hundred and One Dalmatians and the 1961 Disney animated film adaptation, Cruella is directed by Craig Gillespie and stars Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Mark Strong, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, amongst others.
Stone is Estella, a young woman who finds herself indulging in petty crime in the big city after the death of her mother at a tender age. With the help of her two friends, Jasper (Fry) and Horace (Hauser), she becomes adept at stealing to make ends meet.
When she crosses paths with the powerful deviant known as the Baroness (Thompson), Estella's talent grants her an audience with the famed fashion mogul and before long, she finds herself working for her while honing her designing skills.
Emma Stone in CRUELLA
Estella sees a lost family heirloom in the Boroness' possession and realizes that the older woman had a hand in her tragic past. She vows revenge, calling on her trusted allies to help her in her mission.
But for the protagonist to take on someone as powerful and wealthy as the Baroness, she has to let Estella die and fully embrace Cruella, her wacky, sinister alter ego.
Emma Thompson as Baroness in CRUELLA
Everything about Cruella is stunning; from the superb acting of the two leads to the amazing set pieces and the gorgeous makeup and costumes. The cinematography also lends credence to the creativity and skill of the film's director.
Disney couldn't have picked a better lead than Emma Stone. Her acting is fiery and delightfully wicked. Even though her character walks the thin line between craziness and ingenuity, you have no other option but to root for her.
Stone's incredible performance is matched by Thompson's sheer brilliance. As the primary antagonist, she exudes menace, charisma, and raw power. Her scathing looks and frequent tongue-lashing make it impossible to take your eyes off her.
This film is entertaining in every way and has a twist I never saw coming. I like such surprises and was smiling almost throughout.
Another great thing about Cruella is the music. It adds this acoustic splendour to the plot and everything on screen is better enjoyed as a result of the sound of it.
I had a great time watching Disney's latest film and I have a feeling many movie fans will share the same experience. Those who enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada will have a blast with this one, I guarantee that.
Two thumbs up to Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, director Craig Gillespie, and Disney for making this unique masterpiece. Keep up the good work, guys!