Estella (Emma Stone) lives on the edge—thanks to her sense of fashion and life, which are both very different from that of anyone else. Estella knows how she stands out from the crowd and is determined to make a name for herself with her designs. When her work catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson), a fashion legend, she is ready to make a statement—in ways more than one and that stretch beyond the world of couture. Certain events and revelations make Estella embrace her wicked side and become the revenge-hungry Cruella.
Cruella Movie Cast, Release Date, Trailer, Songs and Ratings
Cruella — out now on Disney+ Hotstar — has the same problem as Game of Thrones' final season. Before it wraps up, the Disney movie needs Emma Stone to turn into the 101 Dalmatians villain (or thereabouts) that we all know. Just as Game of Thrones needed Daenerys Targaryen to become the antagonist. The HBO series failed spectacularly in that regard, and though Cruella's heel turn isn't as horrible, it's certainly not believable. Events happen not because they make sense, but because they know they are part of a movie. Cruella tries to sell you on it with poetic lines delivered by the Oscar-winning Stone: “I'm not sweet Estella, try as I might. I never was. I'm Cruella, born brilliant, born bad, and a little bit mad.” She might be a terrific actress, but she can only carry the movie so much.