The villain is Glenn Close - Cruella Deville - and she is the Villain of them all. Some have suggested that she'd been born to play this part. Jeff Daniels is no longer the piano player, but a video inventor, and he has to come up with an idea to make money by selling his ideas to a kid. Not a bad premise, actually, since they are the ones who do most of the playing.
The ensemble cast includes Deville's two bumblers who are also worth viewing, and they provide much of the laughter in this film. Lots of it! Close is laughable, too, but she does manage to control her dignity to the end, after she looks like something the barnyard spat out.
A great film, but it has to be judged on its own merits, and not compared with the cartoon. There is no comparison.
The maccaw should have been named Jar Jar instead of Waddlesworth -- it was pointless, annoying, and dropped my raiting from two stars down to one.
Go to some garage sales and find the original children's books. Read to your children; don't buy this movie.
This time Cruella has been rehabilitated by a doctor aptly named Pavlov. Chloe [Alice Evans], her probabtion officer, doesn't buy the change, but Cruella ["Call me Ella, not Cruella!"]really does act like a changed woman. She has Alonso [Tim McInnerny], her manservant, lock away her fur coats, since the sight of them now makes her sick. She buys a failing animal shelter and transforms it into a showplace. She even has her own dog, a dreadful thing that looks like a rat. [Why on earth they decided to make this particular dog her pet is beyond me.] The world adores Cruella. One day something happens that reverses the effects of her rehab. Cruella is back with a vengeance, and some of the finest Dalmatian puppies happen to belong to Chloe. As in the original, every character but Cruella fumbles everything, and, for the most part, it's up to the dogs to save themselves.
Glenn Close again plays Cruella. Again she is delightful.Read more ›