Hide those furs and stow away your dogs because Disney's Cruella is on release now in Cineworld. It brings us the origins of the classic Disney prima donna, embellished with a vibrant dose of 1970s flair, and topped with A-list star power.
Looking to entertain the family this half term? This is why you don't want to miss Cruella.
1. It reunites us with a classic Disney villain whom we love to hate...
Who can forget the entrance of Cruella de Vil in the 1961 Disney animation 101 Dalmatians? To see her is to take a sudden chill, as Cruella's theme song reiterates, but as with all Disney villains, the overwhelming force of personality, plus Cruella's chic sense of style, meant we couldn't entirely take against her. That love-to-hate sense of appeal powers the new Cruella movie, in which we get see the character's 1970s punk rock origins.
2. It's got heart
At the same time, Cruella does a Maleficent on us and gives more shading to the cackling villain beneath the furs. It reframes a character whom we've lived with for such a long time, and enforces a positive message that there's always more to someone than meets the eye. Even someone who constantly has an eye out for the latest fur coat trends.
3. It's a feast for the eyes...
Cruella is directed by Craig Gillespie, who directed the decidedly non-family-friendly I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie. However, that film possessed a decidedly campy, OTT tone and those principles are transferred into Cruella, particularly when depicting the brinkmanship between Cruella and her nemesis, the Baroness. The real star of the show is costume designer Jenny Beavan who ensures that no gown, frock or dress is too outrageous for this escalating battle of wills.
4. ... And the ears
This one may be more for the parents, but there's a corking soundtrack of seventies classics from the likes of Pink Floyd, David Bowie and The Rolling Stones. There's also an original song from Florence and the Machine while composer Nicholas Britell (Moonlight) deviates from the expected Disney sound, mixing up a rock ensemble with orchestral arrangements. Like Cruella herself, it's maverick, eccentric and singular.
5. The two Emmas cook up an acting storm
What happens when you get two Oscar winners playing fashionista divas? The answer is something very fun indeed. Emma Stone, Oscar winner for La La Land, plays the eponymous Cruella as a complex bundle of evil relish and surprising sympathy. Meanwhile, Emma Thompson (Love, Actually) forgoes the sympathy and is just wonderfully wicked as the calculating Baroness.
Click here to book your tickets for Cruella, on release now in Cineworld.