Two outsized personalities get extravagant, daring, almost-but-not-quite-entirely-successful biopics.
What a conundrum. Do I see this truncated cut of NAPOLEON this weekend like I planned or wait for the “complete” version to drop on Apple TV+ (whenever that’s slated to happen)?
Napoleon is such a fascinating figure it's a shame to reduce him such as this movie seems to. Oh well, still excited to see it even if I will bore my movie companions afterwards with my historical complaints!
I really loved the performances in Maestro and was enjoying the film a lot while I was watching it - knowing essentially nothing about Bernstein coming in (save his perhaps misguided mentorship of Lydia Tár). But looking him up later I was struck by how the film omits the couple's political activism. It seems to have been a major part of their lives and yet you'd think watching that they were almost completely apolitical. It's such a weird choice to leave that out, particularly when including it could show the shared values that helped make their relationship work.