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CRUELLA review – A great film to watch by yourself or with the whole family

Title: Cruella
DirectorsCraig Gillespie
CastEmma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and Mark Strong
Movie length: 2 hours 14 minutes

Cruella is not Disney’s Joker, and it’s not really Cruella either. What it is though is a good movie.

Cruella feels like Disney received a good script for a movie, but unfortunately we’re living in an era where if the movie is not attached to a known or popular IP there’s a possibility it might not do well. So rather than this being its own movie they shoehorned a Cruella de Vil origin story. Emma Thompson felt like the real Cruella and Emma Stone felt like a completely different character, a good character at that but not Cruella de Vil.

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All the actors in this movie did an amazing job but the standout in my opinion was Paul Walter Hauser. His comedic timing was on point and every throwaway line was great. Another thing that was great in this movie was the music, rarely do I come out of a movie wanting to buy the soundtrack. Granted there were no original songs in this movie in true Disney fashion, but the songs that were chosen were well played. 

Now you can’t make a Cruella de Vil movie without amazing fashion, and this movie delivers. Every outfit was sensational and as a person that’s not into fashion, I could appreciate the work that went into it and I definitely think it should win an Oscar for best wardrobe.

Now people are going to want to compare this movie with DC’s Joker but I don’t see the resemblance. Arthur Fleck had nobody helping him, nobody was nice to him, his own mother wasn’t even nice to him, that is not the case here. If anything they couldn’t be more different. DC’s Joker was a drama, Disney’s Cruella is an action heist movie.

Emma Stone said it was difficult getting into character because Disney didn’t allow her to smoke and when you think of Cruella you think of the long cigarette. That’s like not allowing Daniel Craig to drink martinis in the new James Bond movie. Maybe that’s why I didn’t buy her as Cruella. You want the main character of the movie to be likable but if the character is not a likable person to begin with, that is definitely a challenge.

Emma Stone came off too nice and even though she says in the movie I’m not nice her actions speak different. Then out of nowhere she just transforms into Cruella and stays like that. Even the characters in the movie question her, imagine Bruce Wayne walking around Wayne Manor in full Batman attire acting as Batman. 

Overall Cruella is a great film to watch by yourself or with the whole family. It definitely has a lot of heart but isn’t afraid to go dark or funny and I definitely had a few laughs with this movie. Some people might complain that it’s too long and kids might get antsy, but I thought lengthwise it was perfect.

I give this movie an A for Artsy.

Cruella is currently playing on Disney+ with a premier upgrade and in theaters. It will be released for all Disney+ viewers on August 21.

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