So it’s almost here!
Ridley Scott’s Napoleon launches on Wednesday 22 November. I’ll be at the IMAX cinema in Waterloo to see it on the big screen.
Will it be a fabulous film? I certainly hope so. Napoleon is a fantastic subject for an epic movie.
EDIT: I’ve seen it now. Check out my review: My take on ‘that’ film
Will it be historically accurate? Even judging from the trailers (and Ridley Scott’s own comments) the answer to that is a very loud NO!
I’ve already written about Scott’s interesting reinvention of the Battle of the Pyramids. Even the few seconds shown in the trailer are horribly inaccurate. But I don’t really care. The film looks amazing. And, for those who want to know what the battle was really like, there’s always the description in Burke and the Bedouin. In the interests of historical education, I’m selling the book for just 99p/99 cents from 23 to 29 November. I’m spending £22 on my ticket to the movie: 99p to get it right seems a small price to pay.