Cruella Movie Poster / Disney
With all of the live-action remakes of our favorite childhood movies being produced, I was excited to see who would be cast as my favorite villain, Cruella de Vil, and I was not let down at all. This movie changed the narrative here, even for what is supposed to be a prequel. This film shows a different evolution of the character that became Cruella, and the whole story of 101 Dalmatians. She starts as Estella, a young and clever woman who’s determined to make a name for herself in the fashion world. She meets a pair of thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they build a life and home for themselves on the streets of London. However, when Estella stumbles into a job working for fashion legend Baroness von Hellman, she embraces her wicked side to become the raucous and revenge-bent Cruella. This story tells of her upbringing and has great character development for Disney film. The ending was a very different premise from any other place that we have seen in her other iterations though. What we have seen in 101 Dalmatians has been cast to the wayside and revamped into a new modern classic. The way this film made Cruella more understandable and personally more vibrant was done masterfully. It has taken what we know of this villain and made her relatable and no longer misunderstood.
Cruella has always been my favorite villain, she demonstrates the ability to make yourself into what you want and not be apologetic in the ways that we go about it. She was never a puppy killer, rather a human that had more love for animals than humans, which is relatable.
The soundtrack to this movie spoke to me and I wanted to highlight it with this Cruella theme menu.
I Wanna Be Your Dog – The Stooges
- ½ Dragonfruit, Pulped
- ½ Strawberry, Sliced
- 1 oz Lemon Vodka
- Splash Sweet Vermouth
Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass
Bloody Well Right – Supertramp
- 2 oz Peppar Vodka
- ½ oz Pickle Juice
- 3 Dashes Tabasco
- 3 Dashes Celery Bitters
- Fill Bloody Mary mix
Add ingredients except for the Bloody Mary mix in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain in a highball glass. Add ice and fill with Bloody Mary Mix.
One Way Or Another – Blondie
- 1 oz Strawberry Rum
- Lemon Wedge
- Fill Cola
Salt rim a bucket glass and add ice. Add rum, squeeze a lemon wedge in the glass, and fill with cola.
These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ – Nancy Sinatra
- 1 Maraschino Cherry
- 1 ½ oz Bourbon
- 2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
- 2 Dashes of Orange Bitters
In a rocks glass muddle a maraschino cherry. Add other ingredients and 3 ice cubes to the glass