101 Damnations! It's the Cruella review!!
I'm rather partial to the animated original classics by Disney, but not so keen on seeing live-action remakes/sequels/prequels which seems to be the thing that they want to do right now.
However, when one of the Teacups wants to watch a movie, who am I to turn them down?
So yes, me and Teacup 5 went to see Cruella, a live-action prequel of sorts to the 101 Dalmatians series. I went into the cinema with absolutely no expectations for this film, however, TC5 was really excited to see it after watching some of the trailers (something I had made a point of not doing as I didn't want anything ruined in any way)...so let's check out the movie!!
Cruella is a story that is more than a story before the story.
Set in 1970s London using the era of the punk revolution, a young orphan grifter called Estella has a dream, she wishes with all she has that she could be a fashion designer after finding she has talent, innovation, and passion in abundance. Estelle has had so to endure many curve balls that have been thrown her way, but finally, fortune smiles upon her when her creativity and talent are noticed by the fashion designer legend Baroness von Hellman.
The Baroness hires her as one of her designers and basically uses her until Estelle makes a most shocking discovery, and she becomes the iconic black and white-haired hellbent-on-revenge and fashionably iconic Cruella de Vil, and she is out to get whatever she wants her way, and she is taking absolutely no prisoners. Has evil ever looked this good?
As I had mentioned previously, this is more than just a story before the original story....because, at the same time, this is not a prequel to the animated or live-action 101 Dalmatians movies. Why I hear you ask? Well, looking at the story behind the characters it does not make sense and a lot of it does not fit together. Now, saying that it doesn't make this a bad movie, just nonsensical regarding the timeline.
The people making the movie hadn't looked at either the live-action 101 Dalmatian movies (Glenn Close was so damn good in that!!) or the animated movies, but there are plenty of nods towards them....does this perhaps mean there will a new live-action 101 Dalmatians?
Despite this, the movie was overall fun and entertaining. some great music (the soundtrack featuring the likes of Suzi Quatro, Bee Gees, and a new track by Florence and the Machine) and thrills and laughs along the way. Teacup 5 really enjoyed the movie and thought it was funny and had a few bits that made her jump but would definitely want to watch it again.
Me? Well, I guess it was fun to watch, it had an interesting story, brilliant music, great jokes, some thrills, a bit of mystery, dalmatians (of course) and some amazing outfits. There's also an end credit bit if you like that kind of thing, which made me smile, it was a very nice link.
If you are expecting a sequel to the old 101 Dalmatians movie, you will be disappointed. Consider this an alternate universe and you'll have some fun!
Cruella is rated 12A and in cinemas now as well as on Disney+