In 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, a young grifter named Estella is determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute. But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella.
Director: Craig Gillespie
Cast: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Mark Strong
Review: This whole movie is as bold as the title character who has been elevated to near superhero status and the melodramatic performances are just as heightened. Disney finally creates a film that actually breathes new life into an earlier animated film, with a result that also stands on its own. Cruella is a much better film than it needed to be …the talents of the cast and the wonderful production design overcome the oddity of the retcon and the too-many-cooks flavor of the script.
Verdict: Worth the Popcorn