Ridley Scott’s Napoleon….

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…snooze fest. I found it confusing, like it wasn’t sure exactly what story it wanted to tell. I really wanted to like this, and I like a great deal of what Ridley Scott’s done, but this left me cold.

Anyone else see it yet? Your thoughts?
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I haven't seen it, though, I listened to a review of it on the Lotus Eaters podcast by an historian. He was disappointed by the focus on insignificant events while ignoring significant events. He also said that the film didn't represent Napoleon's actual personality. He found the writing to be "lazy".
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I think the end of the day the biggest issue is trying to cram a love story. And 30 years of military conquest into 2 and a half hours.

Joaquin is an amazing actor but seemed all over the place with his reactions etc.

I think the would have been better off doing a mini series of 10-12 episodes.

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Can't do these sprawling epics that typically run in excess of two and a half hours. I'm like Napoleon, fighting battles on too many fronts. If it's not the arthritis stabbing me consistently, then it's the bladder singing 'please release me let me go.' Then there's the popcorn munchers and coke slurpers with their cardboard Shards of sickly smelling corn. A battleground in frozen eastern Europe seems like paradise by comparison.

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I'd probably like it, it seems I'm the only person, I know, who watched the Hitman film "The Killer" and didn't find it boring.

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magicman wrote: Sun Dec 03, 2023 10:28 am I'd probably like it, it seems I'm the only person, I know, who watched the Hitman film "The Killer" and didn't find it boring.

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You're not alone, I liked The Killer too.
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strapline wrote: Sun Dec 03, 2023 8:12 am If it's not the arthritis stabbing me consistently, then it's the bladder singing 'please release me let me go.
I got up TWICE to go the bathroom and made no particular rush to get back to my seat.

I’m generally of a similar mindset when it comes to going to a movie theater. It’s got to be one I think will benefit from the big screen to get me out. I was wrong about Napoleon. The big screen couldn’t save this one.
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sclead wrote: Sun Dec 03, 2023 7:04 am I think the would have been better off doing a mini series of 10-12 episodes.

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I think you’ve summed it up perfectly. This might have worked for better as a limited series.
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Squalus wrote: Sun Dec 03, 2023 5:20 am I haven't seen it, though, I listened to a review of it on the Lotus Eaters podcast by an historian. He was disappointed by the focus on insignificant events while ignoring significant events. He also said that the film didn't represent Napoleon's actual personality. He found the writing to be "lazy".
That’s it in a nutshell, more or less.
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Ridley Scott has a ‘bad day at the office’ like all of us - but the scope and scale of it kind of blows my mind :lol:
No one ever notices even if I have a good day at the office :problem: :lol:

I think I’ll give Napoleon a miss then. Maybe watch bladerunner again. :thumbup:
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Films are way too long these days, 90 mins is good . I remember when they used to stop the film half way so you could go to the loo,smoke or grab a choc ice. Long films tend to mean loads of extra padding and pointless scenes.
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It sounds like you need to watch this at my local cinema, The Rex in Elland. It’s like the cinemas of old with an old fashioned confectionery booth, it still has intervals where people come round with trays of local ice cream for sale. There’s even an organ which is played at concerts on Sundays and sometimes before the film itself.

https://elland.nm-cinemas.co.uk/elland-history

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Incidentally…if you’re in to that whole Napoleonic period and you want to watch one of the greatest films ever made, check this out. Funnily enough it was RS’s directorial debut. It’s one of the most beautifully shot films I’ve ever seen, a masterclass. The acting is nothing short of incredible.
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strapline wrote: Sun Dec 03, 2023 5:09 pm Incidentally…if you’re in to that whole Napoleonic period and you want to watch one of the greatest films ever made, check this out.
I used to show clips from this when teaching Napoleon!
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jkbarnes wrote: Sun Dec 03, 2023 5:15 pm I used to show clips from this when teaching Napoleon!
I didn’t realise you were that old. Was he a good student?
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