This was impressive in so many ways. The battle scenes were gripping and the more intimate moments compelling.
However, even though this was supposed to be more a character study than history lesson, we didn’t dive into Napoleon’s character enough for it to feel that way. I think this falls victim to the scale of Napoleon’s story; these immense historical elements have to unfold alongside a character study and there simply isn’t enough time for it. This left me feeling a little unsatisfied with the films direction and that is what brings this down to a 3.5 for me, even though I enjoyed the spectacle.