Ridley Scott has proven himself a master of the historical epic, with many fans eagerly awaiting the release of Napoleon starring Joaquin Phoenix and Vanessa Kirby. The film recently had its world premiere in Paris, and the first reactions to Napoleon have begun to emerge. We’ll update with more Napoleon reactions as they roll out.
The reaction does seem to be mixed, with some loving the movie and others finding it underwhelming outside the battle sequences. Ridley Scott teased that he has a “fantastic” director’s cut of Napoleon which is nearly four-and-a-half hours, which could improve the film for those who found the theatrical cut lacking. Perhaps we’ve got a Kingdom of Heaven situation on our hands. There is no word on if or when the Napoleon director’s cut will be released, but Scott has said that he hopes Apple will eventually screen it.
Napoleon stars Joaquin Phoenix as the French emperor and military leader and offers an “original and personal look at Napoleon’s origins and his swift, ruthless climb to emperor, viewed through the prism of his addictive and often volatile relationship with his wife and one true love, Josephine. The film captures Napoleon’s famous battles, relentless ambition and astounding strategic mind as an extraordinary military leader and war visionary.” Ridley Scott directed the film from a screenplay by David Scarpa. The film also stars Vanessa Kirby as Empress Josephine, Empress Consort and the first wife of Napoleon.
Even before release, the film has found itself a target from those pointing out a few historical inaccuracies in the trailers, but Ridley Scott had a response: “Get a life.” Napoleon will debut in theaters on November 22nd before streaming globally on Apple TV+. Do these first reactions make you more or less excited to see the movie?