Published May 29, 2021


Film info

  • Title Cruella
  • Director Craig Gillespie
  • Year 2021
  • Run time 2hrs 14m
  • Genres Comedy, Crime
  • Tagline Hello cruel world

Emma Stone stars in Disney's Cruella, which explores the rebellious early days of one of cinema's most notorious - and notoriously fashionable - villains, Cruella de Vil. Set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, the movie follows a young grifter named Estella and reveals the series of events that cause her to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous and revenge-bent Cruella.

Live blog

0:48The two tone hair is amazing on a tiny child.
1:29“Your name’s Estella not Cruella.” IT IS??
4:44She’s going to start planning once she gets to London, that sounds sensible.
8:58First sighting of a Dalmation.
17:16Steal, design, repeat.
19:08“This is the nicest birthday in a while.” “Not for Judy.”
25:58This department store is very dingy.
27:50“Why’d you go to sleep in a window?”
30:06That boss is disgustingly sycophantic.
30:48“She liked my window.”
33:58Is this how it works that other people do all the actual designing?
39:35“I think you’re… something.”
41:01“Slight tone delivery problem” is genius.
48:34The slowed down TOTP theme tune is so weird.
58:53The sixth stage of grief - revenge.
1:09:43It’s impossible she hasn’t recognised her.
1:11:59How rubbish are the police that they can’t trace a stolen dustcart?
1:22:31Moth dress is genius/hideous.
1:37:27“Must dash. Much to avenge, revenge and destroy.”
1:52:51Did they have tasers in the 70s?


The reviews for this movie had suggested it wasn’t going to be any good, but I actually really enjoyed it. It’s very derivative with barely an original idea in there, but it told a good story and I liked following the twists and turns. I’ve seen 101 Dalmations before but remember very little about it because it wasn’t good. I don’t know a lot about Cruella, but I don’t understand how this slightly twisted but not horrific character turns into one that murders puppies - she had the chance here and opted not to… so goodness knows what happens later.

It took a little while to bed in with the posh voice and the odd setting - they somehow paid a lot of attention to period details but also left some glaringly obviously weird things in there too. Not perfect, but so much better than anticipated that it was a win, in my book.

Rating: 4 / 5

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