WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WITH WALTER WILLIAMS – Disney’s CRUELLA
My faith in Walt is restored…Disney that is.
Ever since I was a little child watching in wonderment in the dark at the Movies or on the Black and White Pye TV at home…Walt Disney has entertained me for decades, but it’s been a while since he put this kind of smile on my face.
Even though he’s pushing up daisies or chilling out in a Cryogenic Chamber he still manages to bring magic into my life.
The brands latest effort is the live-action prequel, “Cruella” and it lives up to the trailers and then some. It’s a very dark origins story, not unlike “Joker”. Both films feature famous villains and turn them into protagonists misunderstood by friends, family and society.
What an amazing cast to watch strutting their stuff on the big screen and enjoying themselves. “La La Lands” Emma Stone is brilliant as both Estella and her alter ego Cruella. Emma Thompson is the Baroness, the nasty sociopathic woman Estella aspires to be whilst Cruella wants to destroy her and for good reasons that will reveal themselves in the fullness of time. Joel Fry who was fun in “Yesterday” and Paul Walter Houser from “Richard Jewell” and “I,Tonya” provide the comic relief. John McCrea who flamboyantly played Jamie in “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” doesn’t hold back as the Rock Star of the Vintage Rag Trade.
Dedicated followers of fashion will love this movies costumes. As usual Mark Strong puts in another strong performance as John the Valet.
The best part is the films Director is a fellow Aussie, Craig Gillespie, better known for “Lars and the Real Girl” and “I, Tonya” where he worked with Houser.
The original live action Cruella de Vil, Glenn Close, gets a nod with an Executive Producer credit for this 2021 movie.
“Cruella” had me from the opening bars of Supertramps’ “Bloody Well Right” as we witness the birth of Estella. From there the soundtrack rolls on highlighting just how good some of the modern classic songs of the 60’s and 70’s have stood the test of time. It’s a stellar collection of music from The Doors, Nine Simone, Electric Light Orchestra, The Ohio Players, Queen, Blondie, and The Clash to name a few. It’s already liked on my Spotify Library and playing in my French Batmobile.
I even love how the famous Disney logo is in black, white and red…Cruella DeVil’s colours.
Even though it’s based on the popular children’s novel “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” by the late author Dodie Smith and has a PG rating this is a movie adults will also enjoy. After all they didn’t release it during the School Holidays.
In the words of Deadpool, “You’re so dark. Are you sure you’re not from the DC Universe.”