Well. This is a thing that’s going to happen.
We think we’re supposed to be more excited about this. After all, it’s got two of the very best Emmas in it. It’s clearly loaded to the rafters with stunning art direction and gorgeous costume design. And there’s definitely an enormous camp factor to consider. But we don’t know… it just feels kind of stale, in both concept and execution. Take the misunderstood villainess theme of Maleficent, add a Joker-esque origin story and you get … Haute Couture Harley Quinn, apparently.
It looks gorgeous, of course. We have no doubt both of the Emmas will tear that shit up (although it’s strange that Thompson doesn’t utter a line in the trailer). And yes, the costumes really are jaw-dropping. We have no doubt we’ll catch this eventually. We may even enjoy it. But everything about it feels like it’s already been done, several times over.
If we’re going to revisit misunderstood female characters and show them in a new light, how about we look at the girlfriends and sidekicks instead of the ones who skin puppies and vow revenge on babies? We’re just saying. We get that bad girls are more fun to watch, but does an Eowyn or Leia or Lois Lane origin movie sound all that bad?
That little Anarchy A in Emma’s name is cringe-inducing coming from the most corporate corporation to ever incorporate.
Academy Award® winner Emma Stone (“La La Land”) stars in Disney’s “Cruella,” an all-new live-action feature film about the rebellious early days of one of cinemas most notorious – and notoriously fashionable – villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil. “Cruella,” which is set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, follows a young grifter named Estella, a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute, played by two-time Oscar® winner Emma Thompson (“Howards End,” “Sense & Sensibility”). But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella.
Disney’s “Cruella” is directed by Craig Gillespie (“I Tonya”) from a screenplay by Dana Fox and Tony McNamara, story by Aline Brosh McKenna and Kelly Marcel & Steve Zissis. It was produced by Andrew Gunn (“Freaky Friday”), Marc Platt (“Mary Poppins Returns”) and Kristin Burr (“Christopher Robin”), with Emma Stone, Michelle Wright, Jared LeBoff and Glenn Close serving as executive producers. Two-time Oscar®- winning costume designer Jenny Beavan (“Mad Max: Fury Road,” “A Room with a View”) creates the dazzling and imaginative costumes, which take on a life of their own.
The film will be released May 28, 2021.
[Photo Credit: Walt Disney Studios – Video Credit: Walt Disney Studios via YouTube]
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