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Napoleon (2023) Review

Posted on the 27 November 2023 by Caz @LetsGoToTheMov7

The rise and fall of the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, his journey to power and his intense relationship with his wife Josephine.


A look into the life of Napoleon and how he rose to power with his obsessive nature to want to be the best and have as much power as possible. We see meetings with leaders of other countries in an attempt to become allies with them, but I guess in the art of war some would constantly change with however they feel is currently winning!

An epic film from Ridley Scott is truly a spectacle that captivates audiences, and over the years, we have come to anticipate his masterpieces with great excitement. When it comes to his film “Napoleon,” Scott once again demonstrates his remarkable talent as a filmmaker, particularly in the portrayal of intense war scenes that leave a lasting impression.

However, I must admit that while “Napoleon” showcases Scott’s prowess, the story left me pondering the true achievements of the titular character. Throughout the film, we witness Napoleon sulking and longing for Josephine, which seems to overshadow his military accomplishments. As an audience, we yearn to delve deeper into Napoleon’s strategic brilliance and understand the magnitude of his impact on history.

Nonetheless, the film does not entirely disappoint. Ridley Scott’s attention to detail and ability to create visually stunning war sequences are truly impressive. The intense battles depicted in “Napoleon” transport us to a different era, conveying the chaos and grandeur of warfare with authenticity and visual flair.

Although some may find themselves yearning for a more comprehensive exploration of Napoleon’s military conquests, it is important to recognize the complexities of his character. Scott’s portrayal offers glimpses into the personal struggles and desires that shaped the man behind the legend. We witness his love for Josephine intertwining with his aspirations for military glory, revealing a multifaceted individual driven by various motivations.

In conclusion, while “Napoleon” may leave some viewers longing for a more profound exploration of Napoleon Bonaparte as a military leader, Ridley Scott’s remarkable craftsmanship shines through in delivering breathtaking war scenes and capturing the essence of the era. The film serves as a reminder of the complexities of historical figures and the intricacies of their personal lives, ensuring that the legend of Napoleon Bonaparte continues to intrigue and fascinate audiences worldwide.

Prepare yourself for some extremely awkward sex scenes and making you wonder how that could possibly me showing any form of love at all. The obession with having a heir was something that would drive him away from the love of his life?

Joaquin Phoenix as always puts in an impressive performance though as he just commands respect no matter on his role. The chemistry with Vanessa Kirby wasn’t all that great though, which was a shame as isn’t this supposed to be one of the greatest love affairs? As in all honesty it didn’t massively feel like it and the film put a lot of focus on it.

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