101 DALMATIONS (1996 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì

101 Dalmatians is a little short in time length, but makes up for that in its Wow! factor. A great live-action remake of the classic animated feature has created its own classic value for both children and adults. It holds its own due to the terrific acting of Glenn Close as Cruella De Vil. She creates an unforgettable character. Her henchmen, acted by Mark Williams and Hugh Laurie, are perfectly rendered. Watch for some of the best costuming of any film from 2009. Kudos to Rosemary Burrows and Anthony Powell costuming department.

Storyline

Cruella De Vil (Glenn Close) desires the spotted fur from Dalmatians to make clothing.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Stephen Herek for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producer Edward S. Feldman and Bill Ryan for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Roger (Jeff Daniels), Anita (Joely Richardson), Nanny (Joan Plowright), Jasper (Hugh Laurie), Horace (Mark Williams), Skinner (John Shrapnel), and Alonzo (Tim McInnerny).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The script by John Hughes is well-written and makes a good, solid foundation for Director Stephen Herek to perform the magic that makes this film one that can be watched over and over by the child and adult. It’s a good home library addition.

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