rylan_reviews’s review published on Letterboxd:
“I’m just getting started darling.” 👍🏼
Cruella is a movie that totally won me over. What a great surprise because the trailers were pretty unconvincing in my opinion. This is probably one of the better live action Disney Movies mostly thanks to the Emma’s. Emma Stone and Emma Thompson going back and fourth was just so much fun. They are so charismatic but I actually could root for Cruella. Emma Thompson as The Baroness was kind of the worst so I chose to root for the underdog, even though Cruella isn’t so noble herself. I never found Cruella to be an unlikable character, I wanted her to win. Also, Joel Fry and Paul Walter Hauser are very good in the movie. They both add good comedy into the mix while also trying to tone down Cruella. It was a good choice making them reasonable and somewhat purer people.
Craig Gillespie really takes risks with this movie and I like it. This isn’t copy paste 101 Dalmatians. He actually brings an awesome style and color pallet to the film. He really seemed to have a vision as the director. This movie wasn’t afraid to use that PG-13 rating. This isn’t a super family friendly movie. One more thing is the music. It was phenomenal, one of the better soundtracks I can think of. Overall, the movie just looked great and it came together in a satisfying manner. While I really had fun with this movie there are a few flaws. I think it could have been tightened up in the middle easily. They crash literally four fashion shows so the movie got repetitive. You can tell the scene when it starts to pick up again but for a good 20 minutes the movie was rinse and repeat. Secondly, Mark Strong was really underutilized. He gets more to do by the second half but he wasn’t really charismatic. They didn’t give him enough standout moments and he ended up feeling like a plot device.
Cruella is a film that might not be for everyone but I really dug it. It was a little overlong but I think the way everything comes to a head will satisfy the audience. Emma Stone was great in the lead and Emma Thompson is ridiculously evil in a great role. If Disney makes remake films like this I will be okay. This felt much more unique compared to anything they have done in the past.