We are all invested in the stories of heroes, but do we ever ask ourselves how a villain becomes evil? The new live-action Disney film 'Cruella' might set an example by exploring a villain's background.
While most films are stuck with the cliché of heroes fighting villains, in 'Cruella', the combat is between two wicked villains fighting in style, offering us devilish delight and awe-inspiring glam.
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This fashion fuelled revenge saga, directed by Craig Gillespie is full of surprises, both pleasant and unpleasant ones.
Cruella de Vil, one of Disney's most beloved villains of all time, is the first baddie.
The talented actor Emma Stone plays the role, and her charming aura enchants the audience instantly.
The second villain is the Baroness (Emma Thompson), who provides the audience with a clear explanation of Cruella's cruelty, a person devoid of humanity.
Set in the 1970s punk cosmopolitan London, the story continues with Emma Stone narrating it beautifully in a British accent.
Although she is American, you will not doubt her British transformation for even a second.
The cinematography is done beautifully with a backdrop of England's exquisite landscapes.
Initially, we see a flashback of Cruella's childhood, which was far from normal.
Her real name is Estella and as a special kid, she and her mother had to go through loads of troubles.
However, over time one thing was constant for Cruella: Her love for fashion.
After a while, Estella and her mother decide to move to London.
But something unfortunate waits for them that changes Estella's life.
A stoppage to a luxurious party turns out to be the saddest event of her life – she loses her mother.
She escapes from the chaotic situation with heavy grief in her heart and without learning that she is not the one to blame for the incident.
After escaping through a garbage truck, she eventually finds herself in London.
There she finds two boys similar to her age, Horrace and Jasper.
Afterwards, Estella's new life as a thief begins, accompanied by those two boys who grew up with her.
But the agony of her past and her passion for fashion still exists in the core of her heart.
Emma Stone's spontaneous acting skill is not unknown to anyone.
She is a natural talent whether it comes to sharing her humorous punches with the boys or showing her beauty gracefully in the 1970s fashion mantras.
With her dedication, she finally manages to work for the Baroness, one of the highest-ranked fashion designers in London.
The Baroness is a narcissist, elegant with looks and savage in her words.
She used to be an inspiration for Estella but eventually she turns out to be the most despicable person in her life.
Estella then transforms into her true self 'Cruella', flaunting her unique black and white hairstyle and punk attire. And the saga of revenge begins.
She constantly overshadows the Baroness with her ravishing appearance on different events and also kidnaps her beloved Dalmatians.
All these things trigger the Baroness to become more ferocious as a villain.
Emma Stone's vibrant portrayal of Estella and Cruella is astounding.
Her role reminds you of Miranda Priestly from 'The Devil Wears Prada'.
Emma Thompson as the narcissistic and selfish Baroness is great as well. In fact, nearly every cast member does a good job.
As the movie displays 1970s funky rock styles, it also shows a good taste in music.
Each and every scene is accompanied by amazing soundtracks including 'She is a rainbow' by The Rolling Stones, 'Whisper whisper' by The Bees Gees, and 'Feeling good' by Nina Simone.
Even though the story is full of dark humour, we miss the darkness in the character of Cruella.
This is understandable as it is a Disney movie and being gritty is not an option here.
But the story consists of some plot holes such as Estella not being recognised as Cruella initially, Cruella tricking the Baroness with no logical explanation, and Cruella suddenly becoming a fashion icon in London with a long experience of being a thief.
However, the fashion statements, the quirky bits and obviously Emma Stone's towering performance make this movie worth watching for people of all ages.
Disney+ is trying their best to make their streaming service interesting and this movie will only add more power to it.
As Cruella heads into its second weekend, Disney is already in early development on a sequel, with director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Tony McNamara both expected to return.
It's unclear whether star Emma Stone is also set to reprise her performance as the dastardly, fur-loving villain, and it's also unclear how a sequel would work without her.