3.7 stars. I enjoyed this considerably more than I expected. Deftly told and exquisitely well-judged. Sometimes I felt like it existed to educate people like my white grandparents about race politics [which it did!] but that belies the importance of having a heroine like Belle on screen, especially for young women of colour. Bleak that a costume drama with a PoC protag should be quietly revolutionary, but it is.
there's a lot in the movie to unpack, a lot of layers. i have a couple of problems with some facets of the story, the dialogue, and the acting but there's a lot of current value in this tale of the past. also how this part of history that is untold, was untold is being brought to light. what else don't we know? something grand for a wide feature from a black british female filmmaker.
What is bi-racial? There is one human race... Good periodic drama with a good lead actress. That's it. Nice dresses. Sad soul. In the times of the movie, as it is today, being rich still is easier and has less determinantes, than being poor. More things make you stay poor than stop being rich. A study on racism and sexism completely inside of a manson? Difficult ... What i'd like is a good film about Olaudah Equiano.
A beautifully crafted film about the mixed race daughter of an African slave bought to London by her father a Royal Naval Admiral in the 1770s. She then had to deal with a privileged upbringing at Kenwood House and unwanted admirers who toyed with her attractive appearance. This Jane Austen story shows how polite society dealt with race and gender with Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Tom Wilkinson.
Historically significant story, fabulous costumes and a love interest too. Recommended if you like this sort of thing, though I take a few points off for the shmaltzy mood "music", a Hollywood convention unfortunately adopted by some European film makers as well, hence 3.7 stars.
Refreshing to see a period piece told from the perspective of a biracial female protagonist. Thankful that things are changing in this very white, very patriarchal industry. For a black woman director to (earn) such a large scale period piece is progress for us all.
I loved this film - The costumes were beautiful as well as the actresses and it was interesting to discover the story of this young lady who was not fully accepted in this narrow minded aristocratic setting. With a romantic plot it is even better although I suspect the film embellishes the actual story it is based on. Never mind, still very enjoyable. Don't miss it!
A richly directed film from Amma Asante that offers fair portrayal of Britain's shameful slave trade and double standard social conventions which though is often emotionally manipulative never pulls it punches from social realism. Richly acted all around with kudos to Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sarah Gadon and Tom Wilkinson. A wonderfully written film that may well be heir apparent to the Merchant-Ivory canon.