Critic Consensus: It boasts all the surface beauty that fans of period pictures have come to expect, but Belle also benefits from its stirring performances and subtle social consciousness.
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as Dido Elizabeth Belle
as Lord Mansfield
as Lady Mansfield
as Admiral Sir John Lindsay
as Elizabeth Murray
as Lady Mary Murray
as Lady Ashford
as John Davinier
as James Ashford
as Oliver Ashford
as Young Dido
as Poor Woman
as Maid, Kenwood House
as Maid, Ashford House
as Lord Ashford
as Gentleman 1
as Baroness Vernon
as Mr. Vaughan
as Lord Mayor
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Critic Reviews for Belle
In a star-making performance, Mbatha-Raw breathes life into what could've easily been a woman of color stand-in for a Jane Austen character.
The teenage Dido Elizabeth Belle is impressively played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw with a tender sensibility and a growing awareness.
A finely wrought tale of a woman out of time, a film that plays eloquently upon the heartstrings as it interweaves familiar personal intrigue with stirring social history.
This inextricable intertwining of love and justice, private and public, personal and political, is the film's great cri de coeur and its structural brilliance, as costume and courtroom drama comment on, and merge into, each other.
Asante's own work of art is lamentably cautious but does, ultimately, throw up things we haven't seen before. It's pretty, in other words, but not entirely vacant.
Audience Reviews for Belle
Solid performances of a pretty remarkable story.
A handsome period drama about an admirable young woman who manages to maintain her dignity in a society ruled by certain laws that, as one character puts it, were in fact frameworks for crime - and the gracious script avoids clichés and proves to be surprisingly moving.
An very good historical film tackling slavery, race and the class system in Enlightenment Era Britain. Excellent costumes and locations with a typically outstanding performance by Tom Wilkinson. Gugu Mbatha-Raw portrays strength and incredible vulnerability in a very effective way. Good performances all around -- well, except for Draco Malfoy who bumbles through the plot line like a Slytherin trapped in his Harry Potter school days. Despite Felton and the not-quite-ready-for-prime-time sound editor, the film is really, really worth seeing.
|John Davinier:||Yes, I love her with every breath I breathe!|
|John Davinier:||Well..unless..she marries her equal, her true equal, a man who respects her.|
|Dido Elizabeth Belle:||We women are but the property of gentlemen.|
|John Davinier:||I was curious.|
|Dido Elizabeth Belle:||Quite a task, to sit for so many hours.|