Movie Review : Napoleon

  Sony Pictures Entertainment India presents


CURTAIN RAISER - This is a spectacle-filled action epic that details the chequered rise and fall of the iconic French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, played by Oscar winning actor, Joaquin Phoenix. Set against a large canvas, the film captures Napoleon Bonaparte's relentless journey to power and his relationship with Josephine whom he loved genuinely. The screenplay showcases his visionary military and political tactics in the midst some of the most dynamic practical battle sequences ever showcased on the silver screen.

SYNOPSIS –The screenplay is set during the times of the French Revolution while a young Army Officer, Napoleon Bonaparte, gains prominence as he tactfully drives the British Troops away, thereby managing the Siege of Toulon in 1793! It is now 1795 and Napoleon continues to win while rising in power. Meanwhile, he gets linked up with an aristocratic widow, Josephine (Vanessa Kirby) and eventually marries her. Battle of the Pyramids, Battle of Austerlitz and Battle of Borodino follow and he keeps consolidating his powers. 

The Duke of Wellington and Marshal Blucher defeat him at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. He is exiled to the island of St. Helena. Death embraces him in 1821.


The film highlights the human side of this great historical character and seeks to give a ringside view of what he was like in day to day life,  how his love became an obsession, how driven he was towards the love for France and to conquer new horizons and what drove him on, through his steady rise up the ranks to becoming Emperor finally. 

 Full credits to Joaquin Phoenix for a superb portrayal and for bringing Napoleon to life on screen.  Vanessa Kirby as Josephine is impactful. The supportimg cast watch adds value with their presence.

 The visuals are brrathtaking, from the architecture to the grand interiors, and the war scenes have life breathed into them by Ridleys use of the smallest of details which make one realise how physically taxing the smallest tasks were and yet, how important.

A rivetting watch. 


 Directed by-Ridley Scott

Music-Martin Phipps  

Cinematography-Dariusz Wolski

The film premiered in Paris on November 14, 2023

Sony Pictures Entertainment India Release in English & Hindi

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