Napoleon was a flawed character – a political and military genius who tended to confuse his personal ambition with the overall interests of France.  His was a glorious rise to power and achievement followed by a downfall due to his inability to know his own limitations.  Scott’s Napoleon flattens this grand trajectory.  But if you don’t give us the highs, you miss the drama and the tragedy of the lows.  Napoleon should have been a more moving and thrilling movie than it was.