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Cruella: Brilliant. Bad. A Little Bit Mad ~Disney ~Film ~Parkway ~Cinema

Thank Disney cinemas have finally reopened, albeit with social distancing, and when I saw that the latest film release was ‘Cruella’ I knew that this was just the absolutely the perfect film for my return to the cinema.

I love going to the cinema and used to attend regularly. I really missed attending due to the pandemic which stopped not only theatres, but cinema’s as well. The last film I saw at the cinema was ‘Emma’, which is based on a Jane Austin novel, back in February 2020 so have been waiting to see the new releases with anticipation.

Parkway Cinema, Cleethorpes

I booked for myself and Pirate Mick to attend the Parkway Cinema in Cleethorpes. It was easy to log into the website and choose a couple of seats as seats are numbered. Each row has an empty row in front and behind.

On entering the cinema there is the track and trace scan with hand sanitiser available. As I booked on the app I already had a barcode to scan at the desk and in we went. We were wearing masks at all times whilst moving inside but these can be removed, once seated, for you to enjoy the film. You are also able to book food and drinks on the app, if required, although the bar and counters are both open for inhouse purchases.

Cinema Foyer
Cinema Hallway

Film Review

Back to the main event and why I am here  Cruella

 It is a Disney all live action film staring Emma Stone, as Cruella and Emma Thompson as Baroness Von Hellman and is the prequel film to ‘101 Dalmatians’.

This adaptation focuses on Cruella growing up and the reasons behind wanting to make coats of Dalmatian puppies when she is older.

I feel the need to add here that there is no animal cruelty or distress at all in this film.

Director Craig Gillespie has delivered the most fabulous stunning visual piece of fashion with amazing dresses. It is a funny, camp and theatrical story with wonderful over the top performances from all, including the most gorgeous dogs.

Cruella is brilliantly acted by all. Every character is just as important as the last. It is true pantomime with the magic of the glorious costumes and costume changes to blow your mind.

The soundtrack is just perfect and accompanies the storyline in the film to perfection featuring artistes such as Queen, Blondie, Nina Simone, The Clash, Tina Turner and a personal favourite Judy Garland.

I will not spoil the story for you but a few times I let out a gasp and had the thought that her history experiences growing up explains why Cruella turns out the way she does.

Now knowing this I will never look at Cruella’s character in the same way again. This is the same as I do with the Disney character Malificent. Cruella definitely a new favourite live action Disney film of mine and I can not recommend it enough.

It certainly lives up to its tag line ‘Brilliant. Bad. A Little Bit Mad’ and I agree you would certainly be mad to miss it!

Love to hear your thoughts if you have seen ‘Cruella’ or if you just if you have gone back to the cinema for the first time after the pandemic. How did it make you feel? I would love to hear from you.

Sparkle Hugs and Glitter Kisses xxx

All photographs (unless stated) are the copyright of Lorna Liza

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  1. That’s so wonderful that you got to experience Cruella in theatres. I’m glad you enjoyed it! I haven’t watched it yet but I am looking forward to going back to the movie theatres soon. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you for your comment. When you do manage to return I hope there is a wonderful movie for you to enjoy x

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