Cruella has been released into the world. Now we know what drives the famous Disney villain, so to speak. Memes about dead mothers aside, Cruella got quite dark. Although frankly it’s not that surprising. Look at The hunchback of the Notre Dame Disney, for example, hasn’t been afraid to go dark. Even if they want you to believe otherwise.
Anyway, while some parts of the Cruella origin story were a bit campy. It was still really dark. Darker than what we got from most of these Disney live-action movies. Well, outside the rogue who had that rape allegory going on when her wings were removed. But did the dark storyline of? Cruella help or harm the film? Well, here’s what the stars had to say about it.
says Emma Stone. . .
Cruella star Emma Stone has been attached to the project for years and was not surprised by the darkness in the film. To talk with VarietyShe said, “Surprise is hard when you’ve been attached to the movie for four years and you’ve seen many different incarnations of the script. I wasn’t surprised because I saw all the permutations it went through.
She added: “I thought this was a really exciting and interesting reinvention of a character that we feel we know on a superficial level. It was nice to delve deeper into what drives her and what makes her so bad.” But the question really…is Cruella bad? She’s the hero of her own story here. Even though she does bad things, it’s not… bad. Nowhere in the film is a stitch of fur to be seen.
Is Cruella‘s darkness villainous?
The real problem with cruella, at least for us, that while the storyline is dark, we have to wonder if that means it’s villainous. Cruella does things, but it’s against an opponent who is evil. But is she bad at it? She declares herself angry throughout the film. But she shows compassion and care for her friends and her own dogs. In that sense, she becomes a folk hero.
In the original 101 dalmatiers and even when Glenn Close took on the part, Cruella was the villain. She was the system to fight against instead of the system. She wore fur. She was not a folk hero. She was Ana Wintour, Miranda Priestly, you know. But in Cruella, she’s a rebel fighting a system, so it just doesn’t fit a villain origin story.
But is it dark? Yes. Cruella’s mother is murdered when she is a girl. The Baroness (Emma Thompson) is a cold and haughty figure who torments those around her emotionally and psychologically. There is a long game Cruella plays against the Baroness, who only gets her desserts. So we have to ask where the obsession for Cruella comes from? Where does her love for fur come from?
Will we ever get answers about it? Cruella?
The thing about Cruella is that we don’t understand why at the end of the movie the character would become a fur-obsessed psychopath we see in other incarnations of the character. No fur, not even faux fur, was used in the filmmaking. Again, while there’s a dark story here, it’s more of an anti-hero/anti-villain story than an actual villain.
With joker, which is compared to Cruella, there is a line, a transformation, an “oh yes, he is the moment”. But in Cruella? There is nothing like that. And that’s what breaks the movie down from some sort of villainous origin story about, say, a reimagining of the character.
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