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Action | Drama
Frame Rate:
29.97 fps
English 5.1  
Run Time:
152 min
IMDB Rating:
7.7 / 10 
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Directors: Ridley Scott [Director] ,

Movie Description:
Told in three viewpoints: husband's, rapist, wife's is very informing. Lots of medieval fighting and court machinations. Jodie Comer, Matt Damon, and Adam Driver are well-cast as three leads. Over two hours long but won't feel it. Stay for update at end.


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Great, original film that gets better and better the further into it you get

France, late-14th century. Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris were friends but a series of disagreements has soured their relationship. These animosities are stoked to deadly feud when de Carrouges's wife, Marguerite, accuses Le Gris of raping her. When all other avenues of justice are exhausted, de Carrouges takes the only option left to him: a duel to the death.

Great drama, directed by Ridley Scott and written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Ridley Scott's first film as a director was "The Duellists" (1977). Set during the Napoleonic era, two French army officers engage in a series of duels over a period of 15 years over a matter of honour. From the basic description I saw of The Last Duel I expected this to be a rehash of that so set my expectations accordingly.

Turns out The Last Duel is very different to The Duellists and thankfully so (not that The Duellists was bad - in fact it's a great film - but because a remake of it would be fairly boring). It starts conventionally enough: over a span of 16 years we see de Carrouges's view of the sequence of events. As this sets the scene for the remainder of the movie the de Carrouges part is mildly interesting but not overly engaging. At this point the film seemed like just another feud-leading-to-climactic-fight-scene.

What happens next elevates the film above that. We now see the events of the last 16 years from Le Gris's perspective. De Carrouges no longer looks like the saintly hero and Le Gris could be the one we're supposed to root for. The film is now looking like a Rashomon-type movie, i.e. Different perspectives, which one is correct?

However, it is the final part, Marguerite's view, that elevates the film to greatness. While Le Gris's view made the film intriguing it ends with any ambiguity to the course of events extinguished. This is where Scott, Damon and Affleck missed a trick - by making it clear what the truth is so soon they remove the mystery from the plot.

In the long run it doesn't matter too much as it is soon clear that the main theme is not of a feud, honour satisfied or how different people can have different perspectives of the same event but one of injustice. Marguerite's part is incredibly powerful and engaging and makes for compelling viewing.

This is all rounded off with a brutally realistic fight scene at the end. I can't think of a film that has shown medieval fighting depicted so accurately or graphically.

Ultimately a very well made, intelligent, highly original film with multiple layers and themes. Production values are excellent: every detail seems exactly like it would have been in the 14th century. All this makes for an incredibly realistic, historically accurate film.

Performances are spot on: Matt Damon (as de Carrouges), Adam Driver (as Le Gris) and Jodie Comer (as Marguerite) are excellent in the lead roles. Ben Affleck is almost unrecognisable as Count Pierre d'Alen?on and puts in a solid performance. (His appearance was a bit distracting though: he kept reminding me of Will Ferrell's character in Zoolander!).

Also interesting to see Alex Lawther (of "The End of the ... World" fame) as King Charles VI. He provides some of the lighter moments of the film as he often seems to find deadly serious, life-and-death moments quite amusing. King Charles VI was only 16-18 years old at the time so I thought this was to show that he was really just a boy, out of his depth. Turns out this wasn't just there for levity but was a realistic portrayal of King Charles VI's character as he was known to have suffered from mental illness and psychosis. Yet another example of the historical accuracy involved.

Well acted, with an great premise, but too long and a bit pretentious

I welcome this new writing collaboration between Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. With a fantastic cast, very well acted and with realistic sets, it tells the story of the last "legal duel" in France, or a fight to the death between two men to settle a legal dispute, in this case the rape of a wife, leading to damage of property. Composed in the style of Rashomon, it shows the same sordid story from three different points of view, neither of them proclaimed as truth (except by a very cowardly fade out in the case of the third act). It is difficult not to enjoy the film with such talented people working for it, but unfortunately the structure and the length of the film make it feel a little slow. I mean, yeah, it's the middle ages, slow was the default value, but still.

This is based on a book, so the scenes and the story are pretty accurate. When people start complaining about this and that, you just have to ask them if it's like in the book, researched and written in years by a university professor of Medieval English literature. It's about how women were property, men were crazy and everybody was living in drafty dirty places and fought wars for no good reason all the time. Basically feudalism was bad. Yet one has to wonder, if they had the same story told about three times, how much of the book was preserved and how much of Eric Jager's effort was lost? Perhaps, if you are passionate about the subject of feminine rights in the 14th century you should get reading instead of watching the film.

Bottom line: very well done, but none of it is meant to be entertaining. There is no fun, little action, limited character interaction. Great acting fills a bit of the void, and the subject is kind of engaging, but after two hours and a half of this you're just glad it's over.

One of the best movies of 2021

Greetings from Lithuania.

"The Last Duel" (2021) is a 2 h 35 min great combination of terrific script, involving story and a superb director at the top of his game. Here is a movie were story is a star of it. And it takes 2 h 35 min to tell it. Yet not even for a second did i found this movie to be boring or not interesting. "The Last Duel" is outstanding piece of cinema.

Directing by R. Scott was superb. This movie which takes place in 13th century France and by a premise should have been boring was (not)surprisingly amazingly paces, and a very interesting one. Acing was amazing by everyone, but its Jodie Comer who stole the show i think. Every scene of his movie just pumps with life - set design, costumes, cinematography are all Oscar worthy. You can clearly see that they spent a fortune on production.

Overall, "The Last Duel" is definitely one of my favorite movies this year. It tells a story in a very interesting way and does this so well that i was glued to the screen till the credits. The first 20 min or so are a lot to be taken in, but after it everything comes into play and "The Last Duel" becomes a superb, old fashioned, great cinema. Great movie.
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