Disney + ‘Cruella’ review: the dynamic review of an iconic villain

Of course, the movie Cruella (Craig Gillespie, 2021), from Disney Plus, this is not exactly one of those new versions of the classics of the famous animated factory in real action, but of the prequel of what could be in the future.

It should not be included, then, in the conceptual category of the correct Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton, 2010), the energetic The Jungle Book (John Favreau, 2016), the musical nonsense of the soulless Beauty and the Beast (Bill Condon, 2017), the finally consistent The Lion King, the passable Aladdin (Favreau, Guy Ritchie, 2019) or the honorable Mulan (Niki Caro, 2020). In fact, considering there was already a remake of that type on the original story, available on Disney Plus, this new film should be noted as a reboot or reboot if anything.

Why ‘Cruella’ catches the viewer

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It is not surprising, in another vein, that the Mickey Mouse company has trusted the Australian Craig gillespie to direct Cruella. After the fart comedy Matter of balls, the independent Lars and a real girl (2007), with which we look at him, his six episodes of United States of Tara (Diablo Cody, 2009-2011) and the reformulation of Scary night (2011) according to the homonymous film (Tom Holland, 1985), the filmmaker had already worked for Disney in The million dollar boy (2014) and The decisive hour (2016).

But not in his work most valued by professional critics to date, the Oscar winner Me, tonya (2017). So, after three projects in a row that are based on true experiences, he has launched into a villain as iconic as Cruella de Vil.

His hard work revisitation of the character, created by the English writer Dodie Smith in her novel 101 Dalmatians (1956) and which the whole world knew for the homonymous adaptation in animated cinema (Wolfgang Reitherman, Clyde Geronimi and Hamilton Luske, 1961) of Disney itself, enjoys a undeniable dynamism.