I’m not a fan of the growing trend of prequel movies which solely focus on a super villian’s origin story. It feels like a redundant viewing process, you know the final outcome ahead of time and everything in-between is threadbare filler.
This brings me to the latest villain origin/prequel movie, Cruella. A movie that stars the super talented Emma Stone as the fashionable, deranged animal abuser and villain of Disney’s infamous animated feature 101 Dalmations. The trailer for the latest Disney live-action character adaptation dropped today and positively reeks of 2019’s Joker and last year’s Harley Quinn movie Birds Of Prey.
The general plot of Cruella rattles along like so:
In 1970s London, young fashion designer Estella de Vil becomes obsessed with dogs’ skins, especially Dalmatians until she eventually becomes a ruthless and terrifying legend known as Cruella.
But who is this aimed at? Is it for kids? A film about the cruel ascendency of a character with severe mental health issues/personality disorder who has an obsessive fetish for skinning dogs? And why is there an Anarchy symbol in the ‘A’ of Stone’s name?
Cruella is scheduled for release on May 26th.