BELLE (Fantastic Fest Release Austin Texas USA 2021)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì 

Belle—uniquely marks itself with some surprisingly WOW! singing—unfortunately drops into a sad copy/paste of the Beauty and the Beast story. The audience immediately asks ‘Where did that come from?’ and that question makes the rest of the film falter in entertainment value. The movie got high ratings by many in the entertainment world, but it is not that great in storyline or in portrayal. If one can get past all the glamour and hype, the movie becomes an okay watch, not an outstanding watch. For English speakers there is an English version of the film. 

Film Poster Courtesy of Google Images 


A young girl finds a way to re-start a singing career. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Mamoru Hosoda for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Nozomu Takahashi, Yuichiro Saito, Toshimi Tanio, and Genki Kawamura for making the film possible. Cast includes: Kaho Nakamura, Ryo Narita, Shôta Sometani, Tina Tamashiro, Lilas Ikuta, Ryôko Moriyama, Michico Shimizu, Fuyumi Sakamoto, Yoshimi Iwasaki, Sachiyo Nakao, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Mamoru Miyano, Sumi Shimamoto, and Koji Yakusho. 

Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. The singing is probably the best part of the film. The storyline is a bit mediocre, but the animation is really good with soft and appealing background scenery. 

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Ben Meyers

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