The moment it was announced that Ridley Scott was teaming up with actor Joaquin Phoenix for a historical epic about the rise and fall of Napoleon, people have been anointing the film as an instant Oscar contender. Now, we are mere months away from the film’s fall release, and we finally get our first real look at the action-packed drama, “Napoleon,” to see whether or not the film can live up to its hype.
As the title suggests, “Napoleon” is a historical drama about French leader, Napoleon Bonaparte. The film tells his story through his volatile relationship with his wife, Josephine. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as the title character. He’s joined in the cast by Vanessa Kirby and Tahar Rahim. Kirby plays Napoleon’s love, Josephine. As mentioned, “Napoleon” is directed by Ridley Scott. The filmmaker has released a number of high-profile films in recent years, including “House of Gucci,” “The Last Duel,” and “All the Money in the World.” However, it’s been a little while since he’s had a film rise above critical acclaim and earn big box office. So, it’ll be interesting to see how “Napoleon” fares considering its massive budget and high expectations.
“Napoleon” arrives exclusively in theaters on November 22. The film is released by Apple Studios, so you can imagine it’ll hit the Apple TV+ streaming service fairly soon after. You can watch the trailer below.
Here’s the synopsis:
Napoleon is a spectacle-filled action epic that details the checkered rise and fall of the iconic French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, played by Oscar®-winner Joaquin Phoenix. Against a stunning backdrop of large-scale filmmaking orchestrated by legendary director Ridley Scott, the film captures Bonaparte’s relentless journey to power through the prism of his addictive, volatile relationship with his one true love, Josephine, showcasing his visionary military and political tactics against some of the most dynamic practical battle sequences ever filmed.