Belle

2013

Action / Biography / Drama / History / Romance

78
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 83%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 83%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 24645

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Cast

Matthew Goode as Captain Sir John Lindsay
Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Dido Elizabeth Belle
Tom Felton as James Ashford
Sarah Gadon as Elizabeth Murray
1080p.BLU
1.65 GB
1920*1080
English
PG
23.976 fps
1hr 40 min
P/S 8 / 67

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ReganRebecca 7 / 10

A star making performance from Gugu Mbatha-Raw

If actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw becomes a full fledged Hollywood star, and I sincerely hope she does, it can be traced back to this film, her first leading role and one she handles with grace and beauty.

The movie Belle itself is a somewhat mediocre film that white washes a lot of unpleasant history. The purpose of this is actually pretty nobel. As the movie itself points out a lot of historical depictions of black people involve them secondary, suffering or in pain. Belle shows a young black woman as fully romanticized and loved as any Austen heroine. To wit: Belle is about Dido Elizabeth Belle the daughter of an unnamed black slave mother and a captain of noble birth. We first meet Dido as a child when her mother is dead and her father has appeared to rescue her. Despite the fact that the two are estranged he reassures her that he loves her very much as he did her mother and takes her from the hovel where she is living to the luxurious estate belonging to his uncle. Despite some objections from his aunt and uncle, Dido is reluctantly welcomed into the bosom of the family estate as a companion for her cousin Elizabeth, another unfortunate cast off family member (albeit one who is white). The movie rejoins Dido again over a decade later when she is a young woman ready to be courted and full of questions as to how she can live in a world where she is privileged over other young ladies and yet discriminated against on the basis of her skin colour.

The script doesn't always flow when making these points but it is saved by Gugu Mbatha-Raw (utterly charming). Sam Reid makes for a handsome and passionate hero. The film is also incredibly luxurious and gorgeous though the editing can't hide the fact some awkward moments that seem to imply that certain scenes didn't get all the coverage they needed.

Still a must see for fans of historical romances.

Reviewed by Desertman84 9 / 10

Belle's Quests

The year was 1769 as it states at the beginning.The British Empire was the country involved in slavery trade.Belle is a film that tells a story inspired from a painting that was done during that time period when a woman of British-African mixed ancestry Dido Elizabeth Belle standing beside her British cousin,Lady Elizabeth Murray.Apparently,it was commissioned by William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, then Lord Chief Justice of England,who happens to be Belle's great uncle. This British period drama film directed by Amma Asante stars Gugu Mbatha- Raw as Belle and Sarah Gadon as Lady Elizabeth together with Tom Wilkinson,Miranda Richardson,Penelope Wilton,Sam Reid,Matthew Goode and Emily Watson.

The story of Belle starts from the time she was a child and taken by her father David Murray from the West Indies after the death of her mother whom little was known except being an African slave.Then she was taken to her great uncle,1st Earl of Mansfield, then Lord Chief Justice of England and grew up together with her supposed cousin,Lady Elizabeth Murray.Then the film centers towards Dido,who Belle is familiarly called,to her relationship with an aspiring lawyer and at a time when her great uncle is ruling on the case known as the Zong massacre,wherein slaves were thrown out of the ship by the captain's orders.The decision of the Chief Justice will ultimately lead to the abolition of slavery.Also included in the story is the search of Belle and her cousin for rich and eligible bachelor into becoming would-be husbands as well as Belle's search for the truth about society existing prejudices against those with people of African ancestry and existing trade for slaves as well as her fight for belonging in both her family and society.

The viewers would definitely be treated with wonderful performances from cast especially Gugu Mbatha-Raw for her portrayal of Belle.We definitely see in her the pain and the suffering she has to endure due to being of mixed ancestry.We also get to see her hunger for truth about the existing slavery trade that the British Empire has implemented as well as her and her future husband John Davinier,a vicar's son,desire to change it.Also,Gugu and Sarah Gadon provide wonderful presence and charm whenever they are present on screen.What made it short from becoming a great film is the fact that it tried to be less offensive especially with its depiction of racism against African people and those with mixed ancestry.Was it because Amma Asante happens to be of African descent?I felt that more rudeness and hatred especially with the treatment of the would have made it more effective for the viewers to realize the pain and suffering these slaves and people of mixed race would have to go through.Added to that,I felt that the search for husbands of Lady Elizabeth and Belle became somewhat a major theme when less of it would have become better especially since what the viewer has to get from it is basically the how society viewed women of less importance and not equals compared to men as well as how people of mixed race are viewed by the rich and aristocratic.But in spite of these,I still feel it was a good film to watch as it did very well on presenting Belle's hunger for truth,acceptance,justice and change in society.

Reviewed by l_rawjalaurence 5 / 10

Costumer Uncertain of its Direction

I wish something more positive could be said about Amma Asante's film. It is so eager to please with its sumptuous sets and costumes, its use of historic locations (including London's Kenwood House), and its precise attention to historic detail.

Yet there is a fatal flaw at its heart. The reason is that the director does not seem to know whether they are making a love-story, a piece of social commentary with direct significance to today, or a heritage film, or all of them. Dido (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is a mixed race girl living in a bourgeois household under the protection of Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson). Although theoretically free, she is denied most of the privileged due to her white relatives and remains the butt of casual racism from a variety of sources, including Lady Ashford (Miranda Richardson), and her son James (Tom Felton). She finds a sympathetic ear in John Davinter (Sam Reid) who after a series of debates with Lord Mansfield, eventually wins him over and they live happily ever after.

Yet that love plot is complicated by the politics, centering over a legal case trying to determine whether some ship-owners were directly responsible for the death of a group of slaves. This is a true story, the outcome of which precipitated significant reform in the anti-slavery laws at the end of the eighteenth century. For contemporary viewers the topic has particular significance as it evokes similar sufferings experienced by contemporary refugees as they desperately board boats in an effort to escape their war-torn states, only to find themselves exploited by unscrupulous profiteers.

Yet DIDO perpetually shirks this issue in favor of visual clich├ęs - the lengthy walk by costumed characters, the pretty-pretty sites of green landscapes lovingly photographed at sunset, the clip-clop of horses' hooves along immaculately soiled cobblestones. It is as if director Asante were deliberately trying to placate a readymade audience. In truth several of these sequences are boring, holding up what might have been a complex plot and thereby diverting our attention.

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