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NAPOLEON MEETS HIS WATERLOO – Leonard Maltin’s Film Loopy

NAPOLEON MEETS HIS WATERLOO – Leonard Maltin’s Film Loopy


It’s a disgrace that this formidable film is a muddle, for director Ridley Scott has staged a few of the most astonishing battle scenes ever placed on movie. Gigantic in scale and scope, they make the viewer really feel like a participant, taking that overused phrase “immersive” to a different stage of that means cinematically.

Nonetheless, a few of the dialogue is ludicrous and prompted (presumably) unintended laughter on the exhibiting I attended and others I’ve heard about. Most of this has to do along with his wooing of Josephine and dogged willpower that she produce a male inheritor. We by no means perceive the mutual attraction between Bonaparte and the alluring lady who’s destined to turn out to be his spouse.

That is only one of this huge film’s failings. Any schoolchild may inform you that the legendary chief was quick; there’s even a “complicated” that bears his title 200 years after his demise. However you received’t discover any reference to that within the screenplay credited to David Scarpa….and the actor within the main function is of common peak.

Napoleon has fascinated unusual individuals, historians, and college students of warfare for 2 centuries. Abel Gance directed a bravura, five-hour silent movie epic about him in 1927 that’s nonetheless thrilling to observe at the moment, with a stalwart Albert Dieudonné within the title function. Charlie Chaplin as soon as posed for {a photograph} in costume because the embattled Emperor however by no means got here shut to creating a movie about him. Nor did Stanley Kubrick, who invested the higher a part of a decade conducting analysis for an extravaganza that by no means got here to fruition. (His analysis and plans are the topic of an epic Taschen e book subtitled The Best Film By no means Made.)

French actor Philippe Torreton was a commanding presence within the little-seen 2003 movie Monsieur N. (2003), which paints a vivid portrait of the nice man in his closing years as a prisoner on the island of St. Helena. Unhappy to say it’s not out there besides in out-of-print DVD copies.

That brings us to Joaquin Phoenix, an actor of appreciable expertise who by no means shirks from a problem. On this case he’s, I worry, a sufferer of miscasting. Ideally, Napoleon ought to be French, however even suspending my disbelief I discovered it tough to hitch Phoenix on this journey. Watching him ship awkward, usually risible dialogue solely worsens the expertise.

Essentially the most enjoyment I derived from Napoleon was seeing it within the ScreenX format, out there right here in Los Angeles on the CGV Theater in Koreatown. I loved Avatar: The Manner of Water on this squared-off variation of Cinerama final yr, however the presentation of Napoleon is even higher. Avatar prolonged the surroundings in key scenes, whereas Napoleon truly widens the already-exciting battle scenes to the side-wall panels. It’s nicely price testing. To be taught extra, search for ScreenX on social media.



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