The Last Duel movie review - Aussieboyreviews
DOES THE LAST DUEL TAKE ITS BRUTAL VIOLENCE TO EXTREME LEVELS?
This is an engaging historical drama that’s packed with strongly violent material, meaning it’s not for kids. The Last Duel is also a fairly slow movie, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Jodie Comer, Matt Damon and Adam Driver.
Jean de Carrouges, a respected knight known for his courage and skills on the battlefield, must duel to the death with Jacques Le Gris, an intelligent squire and knight who’s a favourite in court, after Le Gris is accused of a vicious rape.
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, Ben Affleck, Harriet Walter, Alex Lawther
Writer: Nicole Holofcener, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon
Release Date (Australia): 21 October 2021
Runtime: 152 minutes/2h 32m
Genre: Drama, Action, History
Country: UK, USA
Language: English, German
CONTENT GUIDE (WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)
The film is mainly concerned with themes relating to an accusation of rape, revenge, battle sequences and depictions of sexual assault.
The film includes battle sequences that feature stabbings that are accompanied by large blood sprays, as well as scenes that feature graphic depictions of rape.
The film includes a use of “c**t”, in addition to infrequent use of the word “f**king”.
The film features brief female and male frontal nudity.
The film features strong sex scenes, verbal sexual references and sexualised violence.
R (for strong violence including sexual assault, sexual content, some graphic nudity, and language)
Aussie boy's thoughts
Ridley Scott’s repetitive storytelling only seems to place a heavy pressure on The Last Duel’s subject matter to achieve the ability to really stagger the audience. The themes, battles and story are the things that earn its remarkable acclaim, but the three chapters focused on three certain perspectives really drag it out.
The single first chapter by itself is simply just gifted. But this presentation of history didn’t need three literal repetitions of the beginning, honestly where it could’ve and truly should’ve dodged a main character focus. The Last Duel would’ve foreseeably been a real blast if it simply lacked more boring dragging. The 2 and a half hour runtime clearly proves its ridiculously stretched.
Again, without several points of view, it would’ve done a lot better. Jodie Comer, Matt Damon and Adam Driver fit the roles perfectly, demonstrating big personalities throughout this solid concept. The battles are brutal, the sexually violent content is punishing and the story actually moves pretty smoothly.
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