Starring: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Mark Strong, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Jamie Demetriou
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Disney’s live-action crime comedy prequel directed by Craig Gillespie based on the character Cruella de Vil from the classic One Hundred and One Dalmatians animation. Set in 1970s London, Cruella (2021) follows Estella (Emma Stone), a clever and creative young fashion designer. However, after she meets fashion legend, Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson), their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the ruthless and revenge-bent Cruella.
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Cruella: From the very beginning I’ve always made a statement. Not everyone appreciated that. But I wasn’t for everyone.
Cruella: From an early age, I realized I saw the world differently than everyone else.
Catherine: [to young Cruella] Your name’s Estella, not Cruella.
Cruella: How does the saying go? “I am woman. Hear me roar.” Well, that wasn’t much
of a thing back in 1964, but it was about to be.
Cruella: You could say I pretty much roared my way through all of primary school. Almost.
Cruella: Being a genius is one thing. Raising a genius, however, does come with its challenges.
Cruella: [referring to the Baroness’s fashion show] I had no idea where I was, or what it was. I just knew that for the first time in my life, I felt like I belonged.
Cruella: [after Catherine dies] There are no words. It was my fault. I had killed my mother. And in that moment, the best I could think to do was run.
Cruella: Sad story. Genius girl turns into stupid girl who gets her mother killed, and ends up alone. But a new day brings new opportunities, or at least a couple of petty thieves. Horace and Jasper.
Cruella: Horace was generally annoying. Jasper was the insightful one. Which was also annoying. And Wink was just plain friendly. Again, annoying. But they were a better option than being in jail.
Young Cruella: I wanted to be a fashion designer, not a thief.
Young Jasper: You don’t got that many options. Just us.
Cruella: He was right. I was a fugitive.
Cruella: Granted, being a thief is not exactly a mother’s dream, but she was gone.
Cruella: Don’t worry, we’re just getting started. There’s lots more bad things coming. I promise.
Cruella: Before I knew it, ten years had passed. You could even say we had made a home for ourselves. We were like a family. A family that’s good at stealing stuff. Really, really, really good.
Cruella: But as good as things were, I felt I was meant for more in this life. That my mum would have wanted more for me. I just didn’t know what.
Jasper: [to Cruella] Now, I might have padded out your CV a bit. As in, completely. Invented it.
Horace: We’ve all done it.
Jasper: Yeah, we’ve all done it. Everyone does it. Invented a few references. If they ask you how you know Prince Charles, you just say it’s a polo thing.
Gerald: Clean my office, top to bottom. And when you come in tomorrow, try and remember to bring a brain.
Cruella: That seems uncalled for. I believe that lurking underneath that starchy, half-size-too-small, bum-clencher of a suit, lies a kind man who wants to give a brilliant kid another shot.
The Baroness: You’re sweating, and I can smell you.
Gerald: Brilliant. Thank you.
Cruella: It’s funny how those happy accidents can change the whole direction of your life. Although, looking back, “happy” may be the wrong word.
The Baroness: [referring to the dress designs] It’s foolish. Unhinged. Well, you’re fired.
Artie: I’m Artie, or Art, as in “work of”.
Cruella: Wow. You look incredible.
Artie: I hear that all day, so I guess it’s true.
Cruella: How does that look go on the streets?
Artie: Some abuse, and insults, of course. But I like to say that normal is the cruelest insult of them all, and at least I never get that.
Cruella: I couldn’t agree more.
The Baroness: My feedback. You’re short, you’re fat, you smell like an anchovy, you’re color-blind, but you pretend you aren’t.
The Baroness: You’re a man who can’t take responsibility. Your revenues are down fifteen percent, your foot traffic by twelve and a half. Yes, I do my own research. Your store hasn’t been refurbished since the Blitz. People don’t know whether to buy a frock, or duck and cover. And most of the funds meant for refurbs are being embezzled by you, stashing them in Swiss bank account number three, two, two, five, four, seven, double six, to be precise.
Cruella: The Baroness said she thinks I’m something. I think that’s good. Everything’s going so well, mum. I’m really trying to be the Estella that you wanted. Mostly. It’s working. I just wish you were here to see it.
The Baroness: [referring to the necklace] Family heirloom. Funny story, actually. An employee once stole it.
Cruella: No, she did not. Sorry. Slight tone delivery problem. I meant, “No. She did not.”
Cruella: [referring to Catherine] Maybe she just really loved her kid.
The Baroness: Maybe she only had one person to take care of, and she failed dismally.
Cruella: My mother hadn’t failed dismally, I had. And I wasn’t going to fail her again.
Cruella: [referring the Baroness’s necklace] It’s mine. So I’m taking it back.
Jasper: Taking it, as in…
Cruella: Stealing it.
Horace: Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the angle.