Cruella Movie Review

The question of nature vs. nurture is a tempting one to ask. Does our upbringing dictate who we are and what we believe? Or is it our perception of ourselves and the world around us?

Cruella was released yesterday on DisneyPlus. Estella/Cruella De Vil (played by Tipper Seifert-Cleveland as a child and Emma Stone as an adult) has been a rebel and an outcast since she was young. Raised by her single mother, she is left parentless at 12. Arriving in London with only her dog as a companion, she finds family in the form of thieves Horace (Paul Walter Hauser) and Jasper (Joel Fry). Ten years later, they have become a trio.

But Estella wants more out of life than petty thievery. She wants to be a fashion designer. Fate sends her the opportunity she is praying via the Baroness (Emma Thompson). The Baroness is the queen of the English fashion scene. She is also self centered and selfish. What starts out as a door opening to the job of her dreams turns Estella/Cruella into a version of the person she wants to destroy. The question is, can our heroine keep up with the image she has created while being true to herself or will she sell her soul in the process?

Cruella is one of the best films of 2021. It is so much fun to watch. The music (classic 1960’s and 1970’s tunes) is perfectly chosen. Both leading ladies are at the top of their game. The introduction to Thompson’s character is only bested by Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) in The Devil Wears Prada.

What I loved is that this movie it proves that a female led movie does not require a romantic narrative to be successful. There are male characters who have a significant role in the narrative, but their relationships with the Baroness and Estella/Cruella are of a professional and/or plutonic nature.

Among the Disney prequels that have come out as of late, this is the best one. Though there is the argument of an easy cash grab, there are more than enough Easter eggs to keep fans of the original film happy. Expanded beyond the original narrative, it is a loving homage to its predecessor while standing on its own two feet.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely.

Cruella is available for streaming on DisneyPlus.


New Randy Rainbow Video-“CRUELLA DEVOS – Randy Rainbow Song Parody”

They say that education is the great equalizer. Regardless of background, family income or location, education sets up a child for future success. The problem is that this idea sounds nice, but it’s not reality. The reality in the United States that education, like many aspects of this country, is unequal.

Betsy DeVos is not helping the situation.

Randy Rainbow released his new video today, entitled “CRUELLA DEVOS – Randy Rainbow Song Parody“.

Based on the song “Cruella De Vil” from the Disney movie 101 Dalmatians (1961), this video easily falls within the top five of Randy Rainbow videos. Like her boss, Mrs. DeVos, is ill-equipped, inexperienced and just the wrong person for the role she was given. But then again, that is nothing new for this current Presidential administration.

Just call it another day in America in 2019.

Throwback Thursday-101 Dalmatians (1996)

The story of boy meets girl is as old as story telling. But  what happens when you add in a couple of dalmatians, their offspring and a woman who would like nothing more than to make a coat from the puppies pelts: 101 Dalmatians (1996).

A live action reboot of the 1961 animated film, Roger (Jeff Daniels) and Anita (Joely Richardson) have a meet-cute early in the film, assisted by their dogs, Pongo and Perdita. They fall in love, get married and their dogs have puppies. Then Cruella De Vil (Glenn Close) makes her grand entrance. Obsessed with the puppies and the idea of making a coat from their pelts, she sends her stooges, Jasper (Hugh Laurie) and Horace (Mark Williams) to kidnap and kill the puppies.

Now it is up to the puppies’ parents, with the help of their fellow animals, to rescue their offspring before it is too late.

Let’s call it what it is: a kid’s movie. But I will say that Glenn Close’s performance ranks up there with the best of the Disney villains.

Do I recommend it? Well, let me put it this way. If your under 10, I would say yes. But if your adult, the movie is a bit absurd. Then I would say no.

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