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Napoleon (2023)

Biography | 158 minutes

Genre: Biography / Drama

Duration: 158 minuten

Country: United States / United Kingdom

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Vanessa Kirby and Tahar Rahim

IMDb score: 6,4 (111.101)

Releasedate: 22 November 2023

Napoleon plot

"He came from nothing. He conquered everything."

During the French Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte quickly rises through the military ranks. As a general, he seizes power in a coup in 1799 and is crowned leader. He decides to wage war against European nations and expands his empire. Meanwhile, he also tries to impress his adulterous wife Joséphine, with whom he has a volatile relationship.

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avatar van rainmist


  • 116 messages
  • 471 votes

I tentatively give it half a star higher because I almost certainly expect to like the much longer version better. If this is not the case, my vote will go back to 4* or a disappointed 3.5*...

The long version must almost certainly be excellent and I consider that to be the Original that should ultimately be judged! Although I understand very well that the shortened version will damage the rating and perception. Completely logical and expected.

Predictable sin of course. This should have been seen coming.

It is a great pity that they were not able to get approximately the same length as Killers of the Flower Moon into the cinema... That would have been an okay compromise.

Chopped out almost two hours? How can a director imagine and compensate for that while shooting the film? Have there been any films where this has been done satisfactorily?

French or English, the need for the historically correct language is personal, English required some acceptance and empathy but I was okay with it, thanks to the good acting.

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avatar van pampelonne


  • 289 messages
  • 123 votes

Large-scale epic spectacle.

what a megalomaniac warlike guy that Napoleon was!

the battles are impressive.

I found some scenes with Josephine cringingly bad.

All in all not a bad movie

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avatar van mrklm


  • 7980 messages
  • 8087 votes

The military career of Napoleon Bonaparte [Joaquin Phoenix] in which all his famous battles are presented in a tattered form. Based on correspondence between Napoleon and Josephine [Vanessa Kirby], we discover that Napoleon was actually just an infantile, pathetic little guy in his love life. A terrible combination of farce (the sex scenes), romantic drama and war epic that completely ignores the personal qualities with which he managed to win the loyalty of his soldiers. A film with an identity crisis that is further hampered by a weak, at times bizarre supporting cast (dry comedian Miles Jupp as Emperor Francis I?) and hangs together like loose sand. Ridley Scott is more interested in flying limbs than in depth, although the fatal Battle of Waterloo at least offers something of a spectacle, although it pales completely in comparison to Abel Gance's Napoleon (1927) and Sergey Bondarchuk's [i ]Waterloo[/i] (1970).

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