- Posted May 11, 2014 by
Los Angeles, California
Belle - Review Of The Interracial Period Drama
I really enjoyed this film on many levels from it being a period drama with gorgeous costumes, to it's story about a black woman navigating British society to it's viewpoint of women being treated at the time (high born to common) it's a beautifully directed film by Amma Asante who displays an ability to lightly work with serious matters like slavery, class, feminism and make them relevant today. I strongly recommend this film because of the story, writing, great cast and direction. Don't dismiss it as a slave movie or a black movie or a period drama instead look at as a great film with timeless subjects that are relatable to everyone.
BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mabatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar's son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.
Director: Amma Asante - Cast: Gubu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Sarah Gadon, Penelope Wilton