Robert Gardiner’s review published on Letterboxd:
“I am the first to admit when I make a mistake. I simply never do.“
I really enjoyed this, period based biographical drama based on the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte . A lot of criticisms I’ve seen aimed at this, is that it plays fast and loose with history. That’s because it’s a film and all films do that, if you want fact watch the history channel. Ridley Scott builds this movie around 3 things, two strong performances , and epic battles. Starring the always encapsulating Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon and Vanessa Kirby , as Napoleon’s great love Josephine. The two of them have great chemistry together, but what really rise this up is the impressive battle sequences . Scott and all the people involved in choreographing and executing these deserve big round of applause. With the best being saved for the brilliant third act Waterloo battle. Scott shows here , he’s still got an eye for the spectacular . Watched at the Cinema.