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The Last Duel (Ridley Scott)

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on: July 20, 2021, 04:41:09 PM

King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire by challenging him to a duel.

Directed by Ridley Scott
Release Date - In theaters October 15, 2021


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Reply #1 on: July 26, 2021, 10:04:58 AM
Premiering Out of Competition in Venice.


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Reply #2 on: October 14, 2021, 09:16:39 PM
I'm a Ridley agnostic. I will give him credit that this is his most directed film since... Black Hawk Down? He did not slack with the scale. The duel itself is expectedly brutal.

That said, this has the surface level politics typical from the director of GI Jane. The Rashomon-esque narrative of shifting and fragmented perspectives is rendered useless considering Driver's section provides him guilty without a doubt. It's overall plodding and undercuts Comer's arc which doesn't bloom until 3rd chapter. The real interest/attention of film focuses on the arrogance of men and Damon/Driver's evergrowing tension.

Affleck's performance is indescribable. I think he was auditioning for Monty Python


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Reply #3 on: October 19, 2021, 04:04:43 AM
I quite admired it, although I don't know if 'enjoyed' is the right word, given the relentlessly grim tone and subject matter.

I appreciated how it hearkened back to the 70s when you could make a major release starring A-list actors about a group of almost uniformly unpleasant characters who don't learn or 'grow' or reflect on their moral shortcomings. The cast were all solid, and I thought it quite brave of Damon and Driver to take on such unflattering roles.

Hardly surprising albeit a bit depressing that a 2 1/2 hour film about the Middle Ages, rape and male egotism has flopped at the box office, but I suspect that in the long run it might fare better reputation-wise than a lot of movies that are currently making far more money.

And I say this as someone who probably only likes about 4 or 5 Ridley Scott movies.

Also, the duel itself is very well-staged.