EJ Paras’s review published on Letterboxd:
“I'm just getting started, darling.”
Honestly, I just simply had a grand time watching Cruella. Sue me, I had fun. Seeing on the big screen certainly helps.
The movie has a visual flare that I was certainly a fan of. The navigations of the different fashion buildings or narrow spaces (felt like junior Copacabana Goodfellas long-takes) were impressive, and I was really chuffed by the newspaper montages that appeared on-screen. Combined with the rockin’ soundtrack, it at times felt like a really awesome music video. Soundtrack has some really stellar needle drops, and some are perfect (like the last one). Heck of a budget on just the music alone. Disney, baby.
Craig Gillespie directed Cruella in a similar way as he did for I, Tonya — I loved I, Tonya, so it’s no surprise this was a hit for me, too. The story itself strikes a similar chord: identifying with the villainous character, but not going as far as the hopelessness of Joker.
Emma Stone is just lovely. Iconic fits, iconic look, iconic line delivery. It looks like she’s having fun, and this slightly manic role really helps her show off the range. She’s the best, and I’m so glad she did this.
Costumes & hair/makeup deserve some awards recognition come next season. What could rival this?
It’s a fun movie. Batman origin story I thought was a little... much, but aside from that, it’s a wonderful comedy-crime-heist flick.
“You can't care about anyone else. Everyone else is an obstacle. You care what an obstacle wants or feels, you're dead. If I cared about anyone or thing, I might have died like so many brilliant women with a drawer full of unseen genius and a heart full of sad bitterness. You have the talent for your own label. Whether you have the killer instinct is the big question.”
“I hope I do.”
^a very Succession-like quote