I went to see the movie Belle, while visiting Mariemont Village (see previous blog post). I first learned about the movie, when my friend Kizzy of The Dainty Dolls House tweeted about it, on Twitter. Thanks Kizzy! It's a true story about Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate (i despise that word) mixed-raced daughter of a Royal Navy Officer. Belle was raised in a British household. As a child, she was unaware of slavery or that she was different from anyone else. As she became older, she started to see those differences. She also experienced more and more restrictions (not being able to eat with everyone else, not able to go certain places etc.). Two British men fall in love with her, and in the end she chooses one :). I won't reveal anything else about the movie, but I will say it teaches some very valuable life lessons and exposes a heart-wrenching story about slave ships & slavery. It will touch your heart. I don't know her story, but some people have brought up discrepancies of how much money she received from her father and some other things. It's a British drama film. There are some familiar faces in the movie. You will recognize Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy of Harry Potter), Penelope Wilton (Isobel Crawley of Downton Abbey), and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Doctor Who, Larry Crowne). It was a really good movie. It had substance. Despite having these powerful actors, there was something amiss about the movie. I can't put my finger on it, but I personally feel it could've been better. I think it had to do something with the directing, editing and accessory actors. I still enjoyed it. I encourage everyone to see it.
I saw Belle at the Mariemont Movie Theatre, in Cincinnati, OH. The movie theatre is so cute! It's a small specialty theatre. I love those, because they have so much charm! I had a chance to talk to the manager on duty. He was awesome and so was the young lady working concessions. Both made us feel at home. There's a beautiful fountain across the street with benches and in front of the theatre is an authentic London telephone box. It shows about 5 (five) movies max. They sell regular movie treats, but they also have caramel popcorn, cotton candy (candy floss), freshly frosted cupcakes & cookies, adult beverages :), chocolate covered potato chips, peanuts, cashews and a lot more. There's also a parking lot, behind the theatre. This theatre is on the same side as The National Exemplar and Mariemont Inn (previous post). So all you have to do is cross the street that separates them. So you can eat (The National Exemplar) & stay (Mariemont Inn) , and then go see a movie! Next to the theatre is Graeter's! Definitely stop there! They have REALLY good ice cream, milkshakes, donuts, cakes and other fine pastries. So as you can see, Mariemont Village has EVERYTHING! Have A Great Weekend!