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The Last Duel Review

by Murray

The Last Duel Review

Ridley Scott firing on all Cylinders.

The Last Duel Review

Ridley Scott firing on all Cylinders.

Last Duel

The Last Duel is the first of two recent releases from director Ridley Scott. The other is House of Gucci. I have yet to see House of Gucci, and I can only hope I enjoy that film as much as I’ve enjoyed this one.

The Last Duel is the story of a rape accusation that led to the last judiciary duel held in France. A knight named Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon) challenges a squire named Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver) to a duel. Jean does so because of his wife, Marguerite (Jodie Comer), who has accused Jacques of raping her.

The movie is broken up into three stories—each story being the three main character’s points of view. I enjoyed this aspect of the film, but only to a certain degree. Telling the story in three parts causes you to repeat many story elements. For the most part, it worked well. The only issue was that some scenes didn’t change enough to keep me from boredom. Don’t get me wrong; it’s few and far between. It just makes the movie feel a bit bloated with its two-and-a-half-hour runtime.

The overall look and feel of the film are fantastic. I honestly expected no less from Ridley Scott. Every set piece and location makes you feel like they went back in time to film this movie. The battles, although short, were terrific. I found the duel at the end to be highly entertaining as well.

The major highlight of this film has to be the performances. Everyone in this film brings their A-game. Even Ben Affleck is great here, and he’s extremely hit or miss with me. For me, Matt Damon steals the show. Jean de Carrouges probably changed the most through each version of the story. Damon manages to pull this off flawlessly. Despite the changes, you never feel like he’s playing a different person.

I’ve felt Ridley Scotts’ films have been all over the map in the last ten years. I loved American Gangster, hated Prometheus, loved the Martian, hated Alien: Covenant. This film is excellent from top to bottom. Runtime aside, I feel this is Ridley Scott firing on all Cylinders.

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The last duel
8
GREAT

Good

  • ACTING
  • STORY
  • DIRECTING

Bad

  • RUNTIME