Disney’s 17th animated movie 101 Dalmatians is one of Disney’s cutest animated movies from the canon. It’s also home to one of the most popular Disney villains Cruella de Vil who now has her own movie which funny enough coincides with the 60th anniversary of the original film. Cruella is sort of a mix between the films Maleficent and Joker, but unlike Maleficent where Disney made her more heroic, Cruella here is more of an anti-hero. Emma Stone is very enjoyable as both Estrella and alter ego Cruella. I kind of like the whole alter ego thing with Cruella representing the side of Estrella that wanted. and her spial into turning into the Cruella we love to hate is great. Her lackeys Jasper and Horace are also very likable and unlike the previous adaptions they have a genuinely nice friendship with Estrella…at least until she starts acting like Cruella.
I want to bring up Joker again because the way this movie is shot reminds me a lot of Joker. The way this movie is shot fits the tone perfectly and gives the world life. The songs Disney used for the soundtrack fit the mood in each scene there in wonderfully and I actually recognized most of the songs such as Feeling Good, These Boots Are Made for Walkin’, and Car Wash. This movie however does suffer from the really long runtime especially during the revenge part of the movie. Cruella does a bunch of revenge schemes towards the baroness and honestly, I think they should’ve just done one revenge scheme and not drag the movie on.
I want to give props to Disney on giving a PG-13 rating to a prequel of a family friendly film. I’m not sure whether to put this in the Disney remake category but I will say that unlike the other remakes this felt like it had a vision and story is wanted to tell and didn’t feel like it was made to be a cash grab. Cruella is Maleficent done right and the closet we will ever get to a Disney movie was dark as Joker and a proper Disney villain movie.
+ Emma Stone as Cruella
+ Jasper and Horace
+ Well shot
-Revenge part drags on