Cruella ★★½

Disney has been in the live-action remake business for awhile now and one wrinkle they’ve added is redemption arcs for some of their most famous villains. What started with Maleficent in 2018, continues with a new tale featuring the puppy killer, Cruella de Vil. Why is Disney trying to make us sympathize with villains?

Cruella stars Academy Award-winning actress Emma Stone as Estella. Estella had a tough childhood; she looked weird with hair like the singer Sia, her intelligence made other children feel threatened, and when angry a nasty side of her personality came to the forefront. It’s in those troubled times that Estella became Cruella. Given that she couldn’t play well with other children, Estella would need to be home educated. But before that could happen, a traumatic evening would change her life forever.

What follows is a mixture between the musical Oliver! and The Devil Wears Prada.


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