Full disclosure: I’m not the most knowledgeable individual when it comes to Cruella de Vil or the beloved Disney animated classic “One Hundred and One Dalmatians”. But even I know Cruella is an iconic Disney villain. She’s a greedy, vain and demented London heiress who kidnaps puppies in order to harvest their fur. See! Utterly reprehensible. She’s also getting her own movie and after seeing its first trailer it’s hard to figure out what Disney is going for.
Emma Stone plays the infamous Cruella in what looks like an origin story of sorts. Stone sports the signature black-and-white head of hair fitting for the punk-rock 1970’s setting. The tone is what’s hard to grasp. The film looks to going for a “Joker” or “Birds of Prey” vibe but I can’t imagine Disney would ever push it that far. And will this be another attempt at making a ruthless villain sympathetic? I hope not. Whatever it is, “Cruella” is a big wait-and-see for me. I like Stone but too much is still up in the air for me to get excited for this one yet.
“Cruella” opens in theaters May 28th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.