Napoleon
Title: Napoleon
Release year: 2023
Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Vanessa Kirby, Tahar Rahim
Rating: 3/5

An epic that details the chequered rise and fall of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his relentless journey to power through the prism of his addictive, volatile relationship with his wife, Josephine.

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A Spectacular But Flawed Look at Napoleon: 3 out of 5 stars

2024-03-06

Ridley Scott’s “Napoleon” is a visually stunning and ambitious historical epic that tackles the life of the French emperor. The film follows Napoleon’s (Joaquin Phoenix) meteoric rise from humble beginnings to becoming a ruthless conqueror, all seen through the lens of his tempestuous relationship with his wife Josephine (Vanessa Kirby).

The movie excels in its grand battle sequences. Scott creates a visceral sense of the chaos and brutality of war. However, some critics argue these impressive visuals come at the expense of character development. Phoenix portrays Napoleon with a captivating intensity, but the focus on his quirks can overshadow his charisma and leadership qualities. Josephine, while well-acted by Kirby, feels underdeveloped, leaving the emotional core of the film somewhat hollow.

“Napoleon” is certainly a film that will stay with you for its visuals. History buffs may find the historical compression frustrating, and those seeking a nuanced portrayal of Napoleon might be left wanting. Ultimately, “Napoleon” is a grand spectacle with a compelling central performance, but one that sacrifices depth for breadth.

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