Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 1996. Walt Disney Pictures, Wizzer Productions, Great Oaks Entertainment. Screenplay by John Hughes, based on the novel by Dodie Smith. Cinematography by Adrian Biddle. Produced by John Hughes, Ricardo Mestres. Music by Michael Kamen. Production Design by Assheton Gorton. Costume Design by Rosemary Burrows, Anthony Powell. Film Editing by Trudy Ship.
Boring, unnecessarily heavy adaptation of the 1961 Disney classic animated film (which in turn was adapted from the novel by Dodie Smith) now has carefree dalmatian owner Jeff Daniels as a video game designer instead of a songwriter, and wife Joely Richardson as an employee in the fashion house of Cruella De Vil instead of just being his wife. These two puppy lovers find puppy love with each other and then have to prevent the evil Cruella (Glenn Close) from stealing theirs and others’ dalmatians to make a coat for her fur collection. Close bites her teeth into the role with delicious aplomb, and thanks to her the film has watchable and worthy moments (not to mention her eye popping wardrobe and hair designs). Otherwise it lapses into boring sequences involving De Vil’s bumbling robbers, and endless slapstick pranks involving both the human and canine stars.
Golden Globe Award Nomination: Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Glenn Close)