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CRUELLA
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: May 28, 2021
Director: Craig Gillespie
Stars: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser
Plot: A fashion designer with a bent towards bad behavior finds a target in one of her heroes
 
Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this in theaters now
 

 

Disney has proven that they have the ability to make great live-action remakes of some of their best animated works. This, however, is a new twist. Giving us a live action back story of an animated villain was probably a tough decision to make, but I'm glad the project got the green light.
 
This is a wild ride right from the start. It's filled with action, comedy, intrigue, and wonderful characters. The story is juicy and filled with all sorts of interesting twists and turns. It clocks in at just over two hours, but it never felt like it was overstaying its welcome. 
 
While the movie is excellent, perhaps the biggest star of the film is the soundtrack. I can't even begin to imagine how much money Disney spent to license all of the incredible music for this film. It feels like every huge hit from the 1960s is played. And what is even better is that the film moves to the beat of the song. If you aren't tapping your toes and singing along the entire movie you may want to have someone check your pulse.
 
As for the characters, they are all so deliciously fun...and flawed. I'm sure Emma Stone had a blast playing the character of Cruella De Vil. After all, being bad is so good. And she was given a wonderfully evil script allowing her to manipulate, annoy, and embarrass the characters around her.
 
If you ever saw 101 Dalmatians and secretly thought Cruella was at least a little bit more interesting than the rest of them, or you said out loud that she was the best part of the movie, this 2021 film is a must-see movie for you. Be the tiniest bit evil today and leave work early to go see this great film.  
 

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