101 Dalmatians (1996) Review

It is quite obvious for Walt Disney to produce movies that will cater to children. Undoubtedly too, Walt Disney is one of those few companies you can trust when it comes to treating your kids to see a movie. One of these films would have to be 101 Dalmatians (1996).

The original 101 Dalmatians was released by Walt Disney in 1961. However, this new version of the movie is completely different from the original take. In the classic version, it was hilarious and very charming indeed. The dogs had dialogues and it basically made the film a hit. In this newer version of the film, the dogs are not talking at all and therefore leading it to be less entertaining for some. It lacks the personality that was seen in the original wherein the dogs were the main focus of the story. The only time that you will ever hear dialogues would be the barking of the dogs and other one-liners by the villains. With no dialogue to fill in almost entirely the whole movie, the 101 Dalmatians (1996) lacks the entertainment factor that the audiences would wish for in any movie.

Although Glenn Close played the villain (Cruella DeVil), her performance was too over-the-top thus being ineffective in the role as well. When you talk about villains in the movie, you are supposed to hate them but the way Close played Cruella was a little bit flat that you will not really hate her.

How bad was it? It was so bad that you could actually sleep and/or wish for the movie to end. However, if you like seeing dogs running around like they do in real life wherein all you can hear would be their barks; you will probably enjoy this movie. For kids, they will probably find the visual interesting but over-all the movie is just plain blah.


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