Movie review: ‘Napoleon’ a stylish story embedded with a message for our times

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It may be surprising to hear that Ridley Scott’s new historical epic “Napoleon” is funny—intentionally so. Utilizing the unique performance qualities of his star Joaquin Phoenix, and a screenplay by David Scarpa, Scott’s biopic of the famous French emperor and military commander is a political farce in the vein of Scottish satirist Armando Iannucci, the genius behind “In The Loop,” “Veep” and “The Death of Stalin.” That impish humor provides a tonal contrast to the look and feel of this sprawling film, in which Scott has put every cent of his substantial budget (courtesy of Apple Studios) on s…

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