Disney’s newest film Cruella retells the stories of one of their classic villains Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmations (1961). This comedy, crime movie begins a new narrative from young Estella and how she grew to be the infamous Cruella we all know today. Although at first glance many might skip watching the film, well let me tell you some reasons why it’s worth watching. Don’t worry this blog will be Spoiler Free!
Ok to be honest the movie isn’t perfect, but neither are most of Disney’s recent movies. However, with Cruella, even though it is still considered a “family-friendly’ film, it does touch upon some darker themes.
For a 2hour movie, you want to make sure that a movie is worth all of your time, which Cruella does amazingly, after the first 15 minutes… I will admit the first 15 minutes of the movie was quite boring (but we have to remember this is still a Disney movie) yet it is crucial to understanding how the rest of the movie’s plot will play out, so it’s best to not doze off during the beginning.
But stay tuned, for Disney does intend to keep Cruella a true “bad” villain. Contrast to Disney’s Maleficent (2014) where they turned her into a “misunderstood hero”. Some fans even compared this film’s Cruella character to that of the Joker (2019), so that must be a good thing, considering how great that movie was. Thus making Cruella a better film in my opinion (in terms of staying true to the character).