The Emperor's New Clothes (2002)
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Critic Reviews for The Emperor's New Clothes
A delightful, if minor, pastry of a movie.
Viewers are asked so often to suspend belief that were it not for Holm's performance, the film would be a total washout.
Recent and long-standing fans of Holm must relish the chance to watch Sir Ian in a dual role, one that he explores with customary insight, subtlety and good humor.
[Holm] saves this film time and again with an eagle's gaze that puts you on alert, prompting you to sit up a little straighter in that theater seat.
Audience Reviews for The Emperor's New Clothes
[font=Century Gothic]"The Emperor's New Clothes" takes place in 1821 as Napoleon Bonaparte(Ian Holm) escapes from St. Helena after a six year exile, exchanging places with a look-a-like. The plan is for him to reach France by boat and the imposter to be revealed, allowing him to retake the throne. But the plan starts to go awry when the boat overshoots France, and he ends up in Belgium instead.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"The Emperor's New Clothes" is not the broad comedy I was expecting(though there is a little of that here). It is actually a gentle and poignant bit of speculation about history, dreams of glory and the people trying to recapture them. Through this, the movie conveys a subtle antiwar message. And Ian Holm sets the right mood with a magnificent performance. Only the pedestrian direction hurts the movie. [/font]
One of the best films about Napoleon, since it shows him at his best and worst. Ian Holm, who played him twice before, really shines here.
Good concept, poor execution, terrible score. Full of cliches, unnecessary set up, and all-too-obvious visual cues, this flick only thrives on Ian Holm's stateliness, and feels very tired and mediocre everywhere else (including the clearly cheap production design).
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