Also I felt as though the actor playing Napoleon didn't look anything like Napoleon. He was too old and not good looking enough.
I was surprised by seeing actors like Christopher Plumber and in this film.
I'm not a fan of the camera cenophotography in this film.
I hate the music in this film. It does not match the film.
I don't like how oftentimes camera changed spots during action scenes. I wished that it stayed in spots longer.
I also did not like the high speed scenes when the French calvary was going after the British mainly because it was out of place during the film, it went too long and the bad circus musical score did not match the film.
One thing this film did succeed at was showing the eminence size of both armies, the patriotism and nationalism which the French people had towards Napoleon. I thought that this film did adequately represent some of the battle tactics.
Dan O'Herlihy looks the part of the red haired Marshal Ney, but doesn't really grab the role.
The editing is a little rough between the grand ball of the Duchess of Richmond and the start of the battle of Waterloo. An hour or two of film of the intermediate battles between the ball and Waterloo, Quatre Bras and Ligny are deleted.
"Waterloo" is a splendidly produced extravagansa, centered around the famed battle and turning point in history. While it is clearly apparent the huge amount of research that went into the making of this movie, it sadly never truly comes alive. Part of this comes down to the narrow focus on Wellington and Napoleon, especially about how different they may have been. In fact, the first half hour comes perilously close to becoming a one man show which is not entirely bad since Rod Steiger makes a surprisingly effective Napoleon. That's also at the detriment of almost everybody else which partially short circuits the movie's otherwise profound final statement.