Cruella – Review

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Set in London in the 1970s in the midst of the punk rock movement, Cruella also carries a similar spirit. Talking about freedom by opposing the establishment, also shares an aesthetic that is in line with that culture. The result is eye-catching, although unfortunately, the script by Dana Fox and Tony McNamara speaks like a pop musician who is just trying out the punk genre for fun. Quick origin, slash origin, negligent that punk is “carelessly without origin”. Top Movie Site

The storytelling pattern feels right at many points, including the hasty prologue, so that some important points just pass away. At least now we have more understanding, why Cruella de Vil (Emma Stone), hates Dalmatian dogs. It all started when he was 12 years old and still bears the name Estella (Tipper Seifert-Cleveland in an appearance that will take him to the ranks of the top child actors).

Estella witnesses the death of her mother, Catherine (Emily Beecham), and feels responsible. Alone, Estella chooses to live as a thief with Jasper (Joel Fry) and Horace (Paul Walter Hauser), while still dreaming of becoming a designer. The opportunity arrives, when Baroness (Emma Thompson), a well-known designer, recruits Estella after accidentally witnessing her talent. Of course Estella was happy, at least to know the secret about Baroness, who awakened Cruella side in her. Best Movie

A little backwards, little Estella often caused trouble at school. Not without reason, because other children see her differently, because Estella was born with a unique hair color (half white, half black). Each time his anger ignited, his more violent personality came to the surface. The mother named that side “Cruella”. The script itself never takes a clear stance on the two personalities. Is it realist (multiple personalities), or fantasy.

There are many dramatic points, but hasty narrative without sensitivity, takes away the emotional impact, even if Stone does not treat the character with a superficial interpretation of “eccentric origin”, it makes Estella / Cruella a complex character. A lonely figure who takes extreme steps to free himself, feeling that it is time to stop being hurt. Stone performed Cruella like an explosive, anarchist rock star, but once he got off the stage, he was actually fragile.

As her opponent is Emma Thompson as the cold tough boss. The Baroness reminded Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly, except that there was no hidden warmth behind that cold attitude. Only cruelty, narcissism and ambition. If the Estella / Baroness dynamic reminds Andrea / Miranda, it is reasonable, considering the original draft was made by Aline Brosh McKenna as the scriptwriter of The Devil Wears Prada (2006), before being revised by Fox and McNamara.

Although weak in terms of taste, at least Cruella is able to entertain. Imagine The Devil Wears Prada is transformed into a mix of heist and revenge movie. The protagonists launch an act of revenge while infiltrating then stealing, all in style. The highlight was when Cruella started to ignite what her haters would call “vandalism”. Not through scuffles or chases (although there are still), but “battle of fashion”. Like a punk rock figure who makes a stern statement without nonsense to the public, Cruella has shocked and amazed the whole of London through exhibitions of unique clothing that reflect DIY ethics in punk.

I was amazed. Jenny Beavan, who previously won an Oscar for her work on Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), designs costumes that feel worthy of the word “breathtaking”. Beautiful, glamorous, character. The costume itself voiced a statement with a tone of resistance to norms and wrongdoing.

If dramas are often limited to passing by, not with the presentation of the costumes. The directing of Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, I, Tonya) made the audience feel as if they were watching a unique and magnificent show, each Cruella showing the latest outfits. Gillespie’s only weakness is in trying to make Cruella as fun as possible, using iconic songs from the 1960s and 1970s to accompany almost everything. Of course numbers like Feeling Good, Should I Stay or Should I Go, to Come Together encourage us to hum along, but the overuse makes the film look like a jukebox that lasts more than two hours. Movie Review

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