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If Spielberg had commissioned Jane Austen to write the screenplay for Amistad, Belle is pretty much what we would have gotten. It's a sumptuous period piece reflecting on 18th-century social mores: rank, revenue, and-in this case-race.
Still, as an evening's entertainment and florid romance, "Belle" is enjoyable as a period piece of romantic fiction and a case of "what if." Gugu Mbatha-Raw carries the film nicely and Miranda Richardson makes this melodrama fun just with an eye-roll.
Elegant and intelligent, as well as blessed with an enchanting protagonist, Belle is the stuff Oscar dreams are made of. Perhaps, in the case of newcomer Mbatha-Raw and veteran Wilkinson, those dreams may yet come true.
It is a well-crafted tale that brings humanity to an issue that continues to resonate, even in a time when slavery theoretically does not exist: How do you fit into a society that sees your skin colour first, negating your humanity?
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.
It's hard to imagine the true story of Britain's first mixed-race aristocrat being told more elegantly than in this warm and often very funny period piece, which brings a subtle political gravitas to its central fairy-tale romance.