|The Emperorís New Clothes|
The story is bright and enjoyable, with likeable characters that draw us in and plot hitches galore that keep us hooked. It's quite silly, really, but there's a lot of fun in the details, with hilarious asides and little blasts of real life here and there to keep us on our toes. There's a nice parallel structure at work in the dual identity crises, contrasting Napoleon/Eugene's delusions of grandeur with lives that are completely askew with simplicity/luxury. The romance and political subtext even work nicely, thanks to the sharp script and warm, clever performances. OK, so maybe it's all a bit fluffy and empty-headed for a film dealing with such a portentous period in world history. But why not? It's just a sweet fantasy well worth looking for ... and you'll have to look, because distributors have for some reason made finding this little gem a bit of a chore.
dir Alan Taylor|
scr Kevin Molony, Alan Taylor, Herbie Wave
with Ian Holm, Iben Hjejle, Tim McInnerny, Tom Watson, Nigel Terry, Hugh Bonneville, Murray Melvin, Eddie Marsan, Clive Russell, Bob Mason, Trevor Cooper, Chris Langham
release US 14.Jun.02; UK 30.Jan.04
Home movies? Napoleon and Pumpkin (Holm and Hjejle) go to the pictures...
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