This is the story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, an illegitimate racially-mixed girl who was whisked out of poverty by her Admiral-dad to be raised in wealth and aristocracy . The dad is loving but he’s an absentee father- he’s a military officer, after all. So he leaves his bewildered young daughter to be raised by his uncle (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson).
The movie is carried by the luminous Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who was previously seen in the tv shows “Touch” and “Undercovers”. She is just tremendous. The movie rises and falls with her .
This is a love story and historic period piece all in one. It’s gorgeous to watch- from the sumptuous clothes to the landscape. It enlightens as much as it entertains.