Missed it at the Movies? Mischievous 'Cruella' Streaming Free on Disney+ – Hope 103.2

Missed it at the Movies? Mischievous ‘Cruella’ Streaming Free on Disney+

Cruella De’Vil played by Emma Stone is about a misunderstood orphan who has long tried to control her eccentric personality and fit in.

By Laura BennettFriday 3 Sep 2021Hope DriveMovies

Like waiting for new release movies to move to three-day rental, those waiting for Cruella’s premium Disney+ season to pass can rejoice, it’s now available to all subscribers at no extra cost, and is absolutely worth the watch.

Cruella is the origin story of 101 Dalmations antagonist, Cruella De’Vil (Emma Stone), a misunderstood orphan who has long tried to control her eccentric personality and fit in with the “normal” kids around her.

When Cruella’s mum dies she becomes a child of the streets, teaming up with fellow outcasts Horace and Jasper, who pickpocket their way to survive and build a life for themselves.

Although Cruella’s grown up on the streets, the world of high-class fashion is where she feels she belongs – as her knack for elaborate disguise design can attest – and, through a bit of wit and deception, she secures a role working for the city’s leading label head, The Baroness (Emma Thompson).

Disney+ Cruella movie with Emma Stone and Emma Thompson

Source: Official Cruella de Vil Facebook

Under her tutelage, Cruella’s thirst for power and creative control deepens, and the wounds of her past flare up as The Baroness proves to be a callous and narcissistic mentor.

In the same vein as Disney’s Maleficent, Cruella peels back the layers of one of their most infamous villains to show how they’ve become embittered toward the world, and humanise the trauma that’s put them at odds with society.

Throughout Cruella’s life she’s carried traits that make her “different” from other children, and, when in brave moments she’s revealed more of her self, she’s been shunned and shamed.

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Like anyone who wants to break out of the boxes they’ve been confined to, Cruella has to learn how to be both empowered individually, and still supportive of her friends and their needs. It doesn’t always bode well for Cruella – which is exactly why she’s earned her menacing status – but with a bit of insight into her backstory, you’ll at least feel compassion for her.

Emma Stone is masterful at bringing Cruella to life.

Emma Stone is masterful at bringing Cruella to life, and the movie’s costumer designer Jenny Beavan (Sherlock Holmes, Mad Max: Fury Road) sets the platform for what is a stunning display of creativity and extravagant visual masterpieces.

As the trailer suggests, Cruella is a bit darker than most of Disney’s back catalogue, but more so in aesthetic than story, aiming to entertain a tween-plus audience versus their primary school age demographic.

At a time where life feels a little serious, Cruella is beautifully fun and mischievous and allows us to live in a whole other world, if just for a little while.

At a time where life feels a little serious, Cruella is beautifully fun and mischievous and allows us to live in a whole other world, if just for a little while.

Cruella is streaming now on Disney+.

Disney+ Cruella movie with Emma Stone and Emma Thompson

Source: Official Cruella de Vil Facebook