There Are Two Sides to Every Story: Watching ‘Cruella’ in the Movie Theater

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I just got back from seeing Cruella, one of the many new movie releases out now in movie theaters. Man, was it good to be back and to be eating some Buncha Crunch. Before that, my mom and I stopped for dinner at Outback and ordered a couple of apps. Yum! I highly recommend doing that before seeing a movie!

Seeing Cruella on opening night

My mom and I pulled into the parking lot of Showcase Cinemas and we said to ourselves, “besides staff, we’re probably going to be the only ones in the theater!” Sure enough, we were but it made the experience all the more worthwhile. I was able to purchase my tickets in advance, so the ticketer just had to scan my QR code on my phone and proceeded to snacks. We had some pretty decent appetizers, so we didn’t worry too much about movie theater popcorn. But my mom and I knew that Buncha Crunch, Twizzlers, Junior Mints, and Cookie Dough Bites were a must. (Can you tell we really love the classics?) 

First of all, and I have to say, even though Cruella is also coming out on Disney+, you’re SO much better off seeing it in theaters, especially if you follow our tips for safely heading back to the movies. That way, you get the full experience. And I also have to say that it was so quiet in between commercials that you could hear the projector! It was the first time in a while that I felt that adrenaline of waiting for a movie to start. The theater was so clean, too! 

What is Cruella about, exactly?

Prior to seeing Cruella, I’ve heard reviews about how the movie has some parallels to Marvel’s The Joker. I was also reminded of the Maleficent movie that stars Angelina Jolie. Either way, Emma Stone nailed the part of Cruella de Vil. she even gets her evil cackle just right! 

Moreover, Cruella follows troubled Estella (Cruella’s real name — you’ll have to find out how she got her famous pen name). It’s to be expected that she’s a troubled child, but she dreams of becoming a fashion designer, and makes the trek (unexpectedly) to London and befriends Horace (Paul Walter Hauser) and Jasper (Joel Fry). Altogether, they pursue a life of crime and are essentially their own little family. Jasper gets Estella (Emma Stone) a job at her dream fashion department store, and it turns out to be… less than what she expected. She then scores a job with the designer of the store, Baroness (Emma Thompson). Baroness quickly catches onto Estella’s amazing talent and genius in design. And the rest? You’ll have to find out for yourself. 

It makes you wonder…

Just like any other movie, you can’t help but wonder, why is the villain the way that they are? Or maybe that’s the English major in me — constantly analyzing! But there was never a dull moment nor were there any lags in the movie. And the plot twists will have you consistently on the edge of your seat. It was an overall riveting film! 

However, Cruella will in fact, make you contemplate how she keeps some of her humanity while also maintaining the infamous reputation of being a Disney villain. Perhaps it’s the human condition. Perhaps it’s just the universe working its magic. Or maybe it’s just the brilliant minds that go deeper into the psychology of the villains, themselves and write and direct the movie.

Without revealing too much about the film, I’ll end my review with this: stay during the credits. 101 Dalmatians will actually make sense. Puppies are in order, though, I’ll tell you that! 

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