IT IS RARE FOR ME TO SEE A MOVIE WHEN IT’S STILL IN THEATERS BUT THANKS TO DISNEY STUDIOS I WAS ABLE TO CATCH UP ON A FEW THAT I MISSED!
Recently the fine folks at Disney Studios (their home page is here) had sent me codes to several of the movies I missed so that I could share my thoughts on them with you. With Part 1 we were taking a look at the live action version of Mulan. Part 2 discussed Soul and Raya and the Last Dragon. We have returned for Part 3 with Cruella!
Disney has decided to have a third try at making their classic animated film into a live action retelling. The first two featured Glenn Close in the role of Cruella. In this version we start with a much younger version that later grows up to become Emma Stone in the role. This is a rags to riches tale that honestly should have been it’s own tale instead of a reimagining of this classic. Estella starts for a ritzy department store as a member of the cleaning staff and after a frustrating day and a drunken evening manages to revolutionize the store display and gains the attention of a designer known as the Countess. During this role she learns that this woman is the reason her mother is dead and creates the persona of Cruella, using it to exact her revenge. As I mentioned this film easily stands on it’s on without needing to be tied to the classic character itself and would have been just as fantastic. Now I will mention that this is technically a family film but for younger members of the family it can be quite slow at times and may be difficult to keep their attention. Overall this was a fantastic film and I will be shocked if it isn’t at least nominated for awards this coming season. Anyone interested in picking up a physical copy will be able to do so when it is released on Blu-Ray, DVD and 4K on September 21st.