“Belle” is a remarkable and compelling drama, inspired by true events! Gugu Mbatha-Raw is terrific as Dido Elizabeth Belle, a woman that had a British Admiral for her father and a slave woman for her mother. Her father eventually goes overseas, never to return, and Dido’s mother dies. She goes to live with Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and Lady Mansfield (Emily Watson), which allows her social privileges. She also inherits her father’s fortune. She eventually meets a young man named Oliver Ashford (James Norton) that takes a liking to her. However, Oliver’s brother is “repulsed” by the idea of his brother romancing a woman of mixed breeding.
The movie powerfully demonstrates that, despite her station in life, Dido still has prejudices and racial tensions to deal with in her social life which almost overwhelms her with frustration. “Belle” features breathtaking cinematography and top notch acting and a tight story. We are happy to award the film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages twelve plus. This period piece contains life situations and difficulties that are relatable to modern audiences. We are pleased that this movie has earned five Doves from us. Get to the theater soon to see it.