Belle (2013)

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In lieu of outfit posts, I thought I’d use this break to do a few movie reviews, since I haven’t done one in a while. So here we have “Belle” (2013), the story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a mixed race natural (read: illegitimate) daughter of a British naval officer. She is raised as an aristocrat by her great-uncle (Tom Wilkinson), but remains an outcast in society due to the color of her skin. When she becomes an heiress, she catches the eyes of a young gentleman (James Norton). At the same time, she is drawn to an idealistic young lawyer (Sam Reid), who’s challenging her great-uncle’s ruling of the Zong Massacre.

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The story, when you take away the racial issue, is a very standard “costume drama” plot: a young lady must choose between two suitors. But it is the racial issue that elevates it and makes it a much more fascinating movie. Which is a good thing, because the actual romance is kind of predictable, but the drama is involving enough that it doesn’t really matter.

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Some other good points: Gugu Mbatha-Raw is gorgeous, the costumes are drool-worthy, and Tom Felton, who essentially played an 18th century Muggle version of Draco Malfoy, is awesome. Highly recommended even if you’re not into period drama.

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4 Comments on “Belle (2013)”

  1. Great post! Very well-written.

    Have an amazing weekend!

    Emory
    helloscarlettblog.com

  2. ritzgrrl says:

    Well, I am a Tom Felton fan, so I may just have to check this one out.

  3. Snoskred says:

    Yes, I deeply loved this. 🙂 Tom Felton was utterly fabulously hate-able. He does those characters SO well!

  4. Kezzie says:

    I saw this in a trailer and really wanted to see it! x


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