CRUELLA is a fun, crazy film that gives audiences the background on how CRUELLA became who she is in the classic tale of 101 DALMATIANS. Is it necessary or important for our survival? Heck no, but it sure is entertaining and memorable!

CRUELLA begins at the beginning with her birth (complete with black and white hair split in the middle) and shares most of her ups and downs as she fights internally to decide who she really is…Estella or CRUELLA. Meeting Jasper, (Joel Fry) Horace, (John Walter Hauser) Artie, (John Mc Crea) and Anita Darling, (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) for the first time was awesome. But the movie kicked into high gear when the Baroness (Emma Thompson) appeared.

It was definitely a battle between the two Emmas…verbally and visually. The spectacular costumes never stopped. It was a stunning, creative blast for your eyes. And oh, the over-the-top repartee between these two was fabulous, fast and spot-on every time. How did they ever keep a straight face filming? I want to see the bloopers and out-takes!

CRUELLA is not perfect. It is too long. I am not sure we needed to sit through two hours and 15 minutes to get the point. It is also a very dark movie in tone and color. The pace is non-stop, so be sure to buckle up as well. But frankly, I didn’t care about any of this in the end. It was slick and loads of fun to watch. I loved the music choices from the 60’s and 70’s. I found myself singing along in my head.

It is marvelous to have a block buster movie again. Seems like normal times. CRUELLA is available in theaters and for a special purchase on Disney. It won’t disappoint

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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