Director: Craig Gillespie
Year Released: 2021
Mischievous Estella (Emma Stone) is orphaned at a young age - her mother fell off a cliff after being chased down by Dalmatians - leaving her to get involved in petty crime with Jasper (Joel Fry) and Horace (Paul Walter Hauser) before getting a job working as an assistant to The Baroness (Emma Thompson), a persnickety fashion designer. The Mouse's continued determination to tinker with its back catalogue - turning their animated features into live-action works - still remains questionable to me, and neutering one of the AFI's most notorious villains into a pretty young lady who's also a little feisty (and doesn't smoke or kill dogs) and a performance artist feels like an odd decision. It's also very bloated - it tries to marry The Devil Wears Prada with a heist movie like Ocean's Eleven - all while playing almost every pop song from the the 70's to "set the mood." Disney may have once been the King of Animation, but it has a long way to go when it comes to dramatic recreations....