Cruella movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Cruella is a fearless and fabulous feature film following a young Disney villain’s backstory, but the film includes some dark material making it suitable for older kids. Emma Stone stars in this excellent crime-comedy.


During the 70s in London, Estella is a young and clever grifter who’s determined to make a name for herself in the fashion world. She eventually befriends two thieves who appreciate her desire for crime, and together they build a life for themselves on the streets of London. However, when Estella meets fashion legend Baroness von Hellman, she embraces her wicked side to become the raucous and revenge-bent Cruella.

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Movie details

Director: Craig Gillespie
Cast: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mark Strong
Writer: Dana Fox, Tony McNamara
Release Date (Australia): 27 May 2021
Runtime: 134 minutes/2h 14m
Genre: Crime, Comedy
Country: USA, UK
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

The film contains thematic content relating to murder and crime, as well as multiple sequences with a sense of threat.

Violence (PG)

The film contains slapstick punching violence and the use of animals to attack people.

Coarse Language (G)

The word “hell” is depicted on a sign.

Nudity (G)

During a scene of childbirth, a baby’s buttocks are depicted.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for some violence and thematic elements)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Disney just portrayed a mastered backstory of villain Cruella de Vil. Alongside a wickedly wild performance by Emma Stone, Cruella’s fashion approaches from the well-selected music and use of expressive soundtrack. The darkness of this crime prequel will even appeal to adults, but parents keep aware, the gloomy elements are not best for the viewing of younger children.

No need for childish Disney magic in this feature film; the devilish performances will do the trick. Both Emma Stone and Emma Thompson perform as fierce as fire, but the astonishing soundtrack is frequently effective. Seriously, you’ll never fail to forget Cruella’s presentation. 

What is most surprising about the film, is Disney stories like 101 Dalmatians are family-friendly, but the story of Cruella is darkly phenomenal. Even to those who were let down by live-action Disney remakes like Mulan and The Lion King, will surely feel an attachment to the energy and power of the characters. Cruella is an outstanding piece of storytelling, although it really seems to kick in fairly obtusely.

In the end, watch Cruella for the wicked performances and perfectly matching soundtrack. There’s plenty of style, and the story flawlessly links up to the tale of 101 Dalmatians. Other than the incredible elements used throughout, Cruella de Vil’s fictional crime life makes a very entertaining and watchable feature film that will not disappoint you.

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