Ridley Scott’s Napoleon movie review: Behind the Making of Napoleon biopic
Ridley Scott’s ‘Napoleon’: A Cinematic Epic of Ambition, War and Vulnerability
Renowned filmmaker Ridley Scott recently shared his experience working with Oscar-winner Joaquin Phoenix on their upcoming Napoleon Bonaparte biopic “Napoleon.” Scott likened working with Phoenix to “a toboggan ride,” highlighting the ease and familiarity of their collaboration jokingly mentioning his affinity for stress when asked about his leading man.
The film delves into the complex portrayal of Napoleon depicting him as a formidable military strategist whose vulnerable side is unveiled by his wife Josephine played by Vanessa Kirby.
For Scott, revisiting the theme of Napoleon was a deliberate choice tied to his interest in French culture, tracing back to his debut film “The Duellists” which concluded with a nod to Napoleon Bonaparte.
The 85-year-old director known for his illustrious career spanning iconic films like “Thelma & Louise,” “Alien,” and “The Martian,” emphasized the meticulous attention to historical accuracy in “Napoleon.” Scott expressed his fascination with the extensive research conducted by his production team, ensuring authenticity in every detail from weaponry and horses to wardrobe choices.
Filming during the pandemic posed challenges but Scott along with cinematographer Dariusz Wolski, orchestrated grand battle scenes depicting Napoleon’s conquests and defeats including Austerlitz, Moscow and Waterloo.
Despite the pandemic’s challenges, Scott remains remarkably prolific having completed projects like “The Last Duel” “Gucci” “Napoleon Bonaparte” and being in progress with “Gladiator (2)” emphasizing their rigorous safety measures that helped them avoid COVID-related issues.
“Napoleon” is slated for release in cinemas on Nov. 22.