When Disney first introduced it was creating an origin story for the notorious 101 Dalmatians villain, Cruella de Vil, it was clearly met with some skepticism. Would the movie be in the identical vein because the Angelina Jolie-led Maleficent by giving the villain a sympathetic backstory, or would it not be extra like As soon as Upon a Time‘s portrayal of its villain, proving that she was at all times evil from the beginning? Effectively, after seeing Cruella, I can verify: it does somewhat little bit of each.
Set within the Seventies, the movie takes place years earlier than the occasions of 101 Dalmatians as a younger Cruella (Emma Stone), whose start title is Estella, makes her approach as a dressmaker in London. Whereas there are a couple of nods to the enduring Disney movie, together with an look from Anita and Cruella’s iconic automobile, Cruella principally acts as a stand-alone movie, separate from the 101 Dalmatians universe. Listed here are only a handful of the way the movie switches up the Disney villain’s story.