Published on June 4, 2021 by Darren
I published a new one As part of Piece at The dropout this evening. With the release of Cruella in theaters and on Disney +, it seemed like a good opportunity to take a look at the trend towards overly deterministic origin stories.
The story of its origins has probably always existed, even if the term itself first really got into the mainstream through comics and then made the leap into film criticism with comic adaptations. Still, the recent trend towards over-determined origins tells something frustrating about the state of our collective imaginations. One of the most disappointing aspects of Cruella is the way the film takes a simple but strange character and paints an origin complete and predictable by the numbers.