In 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, a young grifter named Estella is 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. 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.

  • Released: 2021-05-26
  • Runtime: 134 minutes
  • Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime
  • Stars: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Mark Strong, Tipper Seifert-Cleveland, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Emily Beecham, John McCrea, Kayvan Novak, Jamie Demetriou, Abraham Popoola, Leo Bill, Javone Prince, Steve Edge, Paul Chowdhry, Ziggy Gardner, Joseph MacDonald, Niamh Lynch, Andrew Leung, Ed Birch, Dylan Lowe, Paul Bazely, Ninette Finch, Sarah Crowden, Harrison Willmott, Jack Barry, Asmara Gabrielle, Tom Turner, Crystal Wingx, Radhesh Aria, Tony McCarthy, John Wolfe, Haruka Abe
  • Director: Craig Gillespie
  • raveenakaur-38672 - 11 April 2024
    Cruella: Born brilliant
    Adapted from 1956 'The one hundred and one dalmatians' novel by Dodie Smith which briefly covers some of Cruella's backstory such as her family home 'Hell Hall' which was once owned by her grandparents who were allegedly serial killers. The director Craig Gillespie sets Cruella in London during the 1970s, alongside the punk rock revolution which inspired and contributed to this movie's tone.

    A young girl named Estella, who was played by Emma Stone who is also known for her role in La La Land and also was nominated for the best actress in motion picture award at the 79th Golden Globe Awards, had a dream about becoming a fashion designer as she was gifted with ambition and the talent to do so, however life seems intent on making sure her dreams don't come true. She later befriends two partners-in-crime called Horace, played by Paul Walter Hauser, and Jasper, played by Joel Fry, who both help her by giving her a place to stay and later getting her a job at a fashion shop where she eventually meets the baroness, played by Emma Tompson, who ultimately changes her life.

    From this point on Estella starts to have a different outlook on life as she uncovers secrets about her and the baronesses past which keeps the audience at the edge of their seats the whole time. From when the movie began to halfway through the movie many questions have been raised and the audience start to connect the dots as the movie reaches its climax as she explores the path which eventually leads her to become a notorious up-and-coming fashion designer also known as Cruella de Vil.

    The plot twists keep the audience engaged and waiting with bated breath and the soundtrack, composed by Nicholas Britell, only adds to the anticipation. Overall, this movie is one of my all-time favorites as I can watch it tenfold and still be amazed by the acting, the costumes, the plot, the characters and the overall tone of the movie. Whenever asked about which movie is my favorite, I will never hesitate to say 'Cruella'.
  • middee - 22 January 2024
    Instant Classic and one of the best films of all time
    Loved it all, the story, the cast, the production is divine and just an incredible lighting and feel to the way the movie was made... an epic precursor and a wonderful start to what will hopefully be at least trilogy.

    Emma Stone proves why she is the most wonderful actor in the western world, and a leading role that provides so much range from a very talented woman.

    Joel Fry kills his role and the chemistry of the cast is there to see, just fabulous.

    Thank you guys and i know Disney are delaying a little but Emma is hot property right now so it will be made when the offer is correct for the best.
  • ldgrt - 13 January 2023
    THIS WON AN OSCAR?!!! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!! wanna save your childhood? don't watch this movie...
    I didn't have to watch the movie to know that it was bad... I already knew when i seen the face of Emma Stone on the theater poster. What a way to advertise a movie that it is bound to be bad then to have the face of an actor that people prejudge that she is a horrible actor in the first place. From the way that i am hereing it and to put it short, the film only shows of what her dumb childhood looks like and her being "friends" with Jasper and Horace. Those are one of the things that it tries to alter with the original film. SHE NEVER TREATED JASPER AND HORACE NICE!!. And it even rips out the authenticity of the original Cruella De Ville too. Disney even eliminates her original intentions to do with the Dalmatian puppies and forces her to like dogs and to be nice to her henchmen. And the one thing that truly makes mad was the mid credits seen where it tries to tell you that Cruella was the one that gave Pongo and Perdita to Anita and Roger when they were kids, and that Pongo and Perdita were related. I NEVER ONCE IN MY LIFE THOUGHT THAT THEY WERE RELATED AND I'M NOT BELIEVING IT NOW!!. Its almost as relatable as the maleficent movie they made. To those who believe that this film is an attempt to destroy a movie that you know and love, please find my review helpful.

  • visitimini - 18 October 2022
    I wasn't mistaken
    I was impatiently looking for "Cruella" coming out. And my expectations are fully approved. So, what's the message of this movie? Everyone, I guess, can see it from personal angle. It seems that sometimes our success is a kind of an eclipse of our feelings and thoughts. We just eager to be the best and outshine everybody else, even our own friends, family members. And here we go. Our main character is suffering from this "loving" mommy, whose social and professional position is quite more important than other things... Of course I consider this problem such as a metaphor. In reality I would merely confess that Cruella's mom is a nut.

    The second point is talented people. They can be hated because of their success and giftedness. But actually they come across distinguish obstacles, which don't exist for "normal" people. Like, society doesn't understand them or it's difficult to express their talent at all.

    Well, generally this movie is gripping and thanks to scenery and costumes became a hit with the public. Every actor was cast to advantage, honestly, I'm not able to imagine anyone else on these roles. The plot is superb too. I couldn't predict the developing of a script as well as I couldn't criticise anything. Emma stone created a true to life image, her leading role was vividly dramatic (in my opinion), and she was brilliant.

    I'm waiting for the 2nd part of this comedy/crime that must be produced because of a great box office and a great amount of crazy fans)
  • petrelet - 27 August 2022
    Sadly, not what I'd hoped .. issues of tone and story weigh it down
    I had really hoped I would like this movie a lot.

    I don't find any fault with the cast - either the Emma tier or the supporting ensemble. But somehow it wasn't right. It's taken me a few hours to figure out exactly what wasn't.

    First, the film starts off with a basic structural problem: Cruella De Vil is its protagonist, its heroine and point of view character. But Cruella De Vil as we know her from 101 Dalmatians is horrible. She wants to make coats out of doggies! COATS! DOGGIES! Who wants to see a movie where somebody like that is the protagonist?

    Well, the movie cheats. I see why they felt the need to. But they have to make "Cruella's" Cruella the sort of person you want to root for, so they are necessarily required to make her NOT as evil as 101D-Cruella, and, explicitly, someone who does NOT want to make coats out of doggies. Her hard life makes her vengeful, deceitful, reckless, and scornful of laws and conventions, but when it's all done and the loose ends in the film are tied up, she is still not the 101-D Cruella and there's nothing obvious that's going to happen that is going to turn her from what she is into a maker of canine-based outerwear.

    There are at least rumors of there being a second sequel (prequel? Midquel?) that would solve that, but that's still cheating, and it would have to have grimmer plot elements than "Cruella" does, which would be an achievement. (It would also be a cheat if they are really intending to retcon 101D entirely so that we have been misunderstanding 101D-Cruella this whole time, although it might be an interesting cheat.)

    This brings me to the second main problem I have with this movie: it is like a mashup of two movies. On the one hand it has the kids'-movie capers-and-hijinks style of "Home Alone" or maybe a "Beethoven" film. On the other hand, it has a lot of distinctly PG plot elements that are really grim and disturbing, and that's from my own POV, much less that of some eight-year-old who winds up in the audience. I mean, ten minutes in, a child is attacked by ravening murderous dogs! That's heavy material, and it doesn't soften up. Disney movies are of course known for their Bambi issues, but, trust me - by the end of the movie you WISH that this movie only had a Bambi issue.

    I'm not averse to the idea of a movie about CDV having grim elements, but I find it jarring to have them share the same scenes with cartoon-type cops-and-robbers hilarity, so that you are called upon to dismiss the cops and guards as non-threatening cartoon characters and then treat the Baroness, say, with the seriousness that the plot demands from you.

    So, that's my take, feel free to slice it up -
  • vickyr0304 - 5 July 2022
    Very Enjoyable
    Honestly watched this movie a while ago so this may not be show accurate ^ But I remember the costumes were amazing and the story was very intriguing. Didn't expect a Disney Plus movie to be THIS good acting was amazing and the reveal of her mother was perfect and the ending was chefs kiss.