Ridley Scott dismisses French critics of Napoleon

Renowned filmmaker Ridley Scott has recently engaged in a public discourse with French critics regarding his latest cinematic endeavor, “Napoleon.” The biopic delves into the life of the 19th-century French emperor, with Joaquin Phoenix portraying the titular character and Vanessa Kirby depicting Empress Joséphine. While IGN’s review of “Napoleon” was moderately positive, awarding it a 7/10 rating, French critics have been less enthusiastic. Le Figaro labeled the film as “Barbie and Ken under the Empire,” while Napoleon biographer Patrice Gueniffey criticized it as “very anti-French and very pro-British.”

In response to these critiques, Scott offered a candid rebuke, asserting that “The French don’t even like themselves.” He cited positive feedback from a Parisian audience screening to counter the disparagement. The 85-year-old director has displayed a no-nonsense attitude during promotional interviews, dismissing concerns about historical accuracy and urging critics to “get a life.” Scott’s unapologetic stance has garnered attention, with his blunt retorts becoming fodder for internet memes.

Despite the controversy, lead actor Joaquin Phoenix emphasized that “Napoleon” offers a unique perspective on the historical figure, inviting viewers to explore and interpret the narrative through Ridley Scott’s vision. As discussions surrounding the film continue to unfold, Scott’s unwavering confidence in his creative approach underscores the complexity of portraying historical events on screen.


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