King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire by challenging him to a duel.King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire by challenging him to a duel.King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire by challenging him to a duel.
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The film cost 100 million dollars. No wonder, with all the show values, scenery and partly brutal sequences. It has only grossed 30 million, less than half that amount. Yet during and after Game of Thrones there were increasing calls for the revival of this extinct genre. Many claim that the Western has been dead for years. But if you look more closely, there have been far more of them than classic historical films in recent years. So it is all the more surprising that there is so little interest in The Last Duel. Yes, cinema has its best years behind it. And yes, the general public has changed drastically in terms of viewing habits. Nevertheless, The Last Duel is a cinema film that should definitely be seen on the big screen. Otherwise, it is hard to enjoy the emotions offered by the impeccable Jodie Comer in the role of Marguerite. The final battle between Matt Damon's Jean de Carrouges and Adam Driver's Jacques Le Gris would not enhance the sheer tension and unpredictability. Moreover, all the cinematic detail, ode to historical drama and sweeping atmosphere would not strike us to the same extent. The fact that this film deals with one of the most topical and relevant issues in our society today has nothing directly to do with the cinematic experience per se, yet it would never strike such a chord with us on the small screen. It is about Marguerite, who is married to the brave, but by his culture ridiculed, Knight de Carrouges, telling her husband that she has been raped by his old friend Le Gris. What follows is a plot divided into three chapters, depicting the different perspectives of the three main characters. While those of the two gentlemen are very similar, Marguerite's account of events rips open a whole new layer in the film. Suddenly we have the #MeToo debate in the Middle Ages. In a time when women had little to no say. Through Comer's gala performance, we accompany her electrified until she finds her conclusion in the final fight.
Anyone expecting a Gladiator 2.0 is likely to be disappointed. Because instead of spilling a lot of blood and showing the sheer brutality of the Middle Ages, the focus is on human feelings such as self-doubt, the contrast between good and evil and the question of whether something like justice could even exist among the people who were so proud at the time. I didn't expect the outcome, which again underlines the fact that the film leaves a clear ending completely open. After the final scene, I was torn. As overwhelmed as the last third left me, I had an even harder time with the first two sections. Damon's and Driver's storylines seem a bit generic and simultaneous, so I was glad that Comer and her story lifted the film into new spheres. A special mention also goes to Ben Affleck, who impressively prolongs his newly discovered acting top form here.
- Nov 11, 2021