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THE LAST DUEL is one of this year’s greatest surprises for me. In a similar way to when I first saw THE MARTIAN in 2015. Both were of course directed by Ridley Scott, who is a very hit and miss director for me. He has created some fantastic and iconic films. ALIEN, BLADE RUNNER or GLADIATOR.

But for every great Ridley Scott film, you get some truly mediocre or even bad ones. But THE LAST DUEL felt like a great throwback to big-budget Hollywood movies that give you that strong immersion, atmosphere and the thrills and actions of another time period, while also telling a good and thought-provoking story.

This one sets in with the familiar “based on a true story” and that true story was told in the 2004 book of the same name by the American author Eric Jager. It was adapted for the screen by Nicole Holofcener, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, which also makes this the first movie that the latter two have written together, since their Oscar-winning GOOD WILL HUNTING.

The titular LAST DUEL has been the last legally sanctioned duel in the history of France. It happened in 1386 between the knight Jean de Carrouges, played by Matt Damon, and his friend and squire Jacques Le Gris, played by Adam Driver, after Carrouges’ wife Marguerite, played by Jodie Comer, claimed to have been raped by Le Gris. It was a duel to death and its depiction frames this movie version.

We enter right when the fight is about to begin, just to then get this elaborate flashback chapter structure with the first chapter being titled “The Truth according to Jean de Carrouges, Matt Damon’s character. And because we get that as the chapter title, it’s also no spoiler, that we can immediately safely assume that there will also be at least “The Truth according to Jacques Le Gris”, Adam Driver’s character.

Which makes THE LAST DUEL kind of a modern version, or medieval version, of Akira Kurosawa’s classic 1950 film RASHOMON, in which we also see a crucial event from different perspectives. And the rape of a young wife is also at the centre of that story. But maybe surprisingly, that doesn’t actually mean that THE LAST DUEL is some kind of mystery.

The crucial events are really not up for debate and there isn’t a big twist in the usual sense. And when you realize that, you might think, so what’s the point of telling the story from different perspectives? Well, in doing so it is actually dealing really well with its themes and I guess it’s kind of needless to say, but with the #MeToo movement just happening a few years ago, the film is really timely and I think it does a great job in telling this particular story and shining a light on the mechanisms and gender relations of our patriarchal society.

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And again, doing that by also creating this really entertaining, immersive big period piece. Unlike RASHOMON, THE LAST DUEL also doesn’t just focus on one specific event. It leads up to that event, several times, but it also goes back several more years and really brings these different characters and their stories to life.

With two and a half hours of run time, it’s certainly a long film and I’m sure that you could cut it shorter, but I also can’t deny that I really thoroughly enjoyed how these characters were portrayed and how the whole period setting was depicted. The production values are fantastic. This is something that Ridley Scott has proven to be able to deliver several times in the past and he does it again here. If you are hungry for a big-budget medieval setting, this will be for you.

The cinematography by Dariusz Wolski, the production design by Arthur Max, the set decoration by Judy Farr, the costume design by Janty Yates, as well as the work by all the make-up artists – THE LAST DUEL is a film that looks and feels super authentic. All the castles, all the animals, all the candle-light and rough weather – all the shots feel so rich and immersive.

And I just really liked how the film was structured and how everything in it felt like there’s intention and meaning behind it. How Matt Damon’s chapter was so heavily influenced by all the different battles that he led in the name of his king. THE LAST DUEL is a heavy and serious drama at heart, but it also has these small but rousing and super violent action set pieces, that show you the sheer brutality of that time.

And because this is Jean de Carrouges’ perspective or truth, we can slowly form his character in our heads, or more interestingly what kind of man he thinks he is. And when we then get the perspective of his friend and later rival Jacques Le Gris, we experience a lot of the same moments in a sometimes slightly, sometimes heavily different light.

Which is fascinating and also fun, because you as the audience are primed to pay special attention to little details. Who is charging into battle first, who is approaching whom or what single word is interchanged in a dialogue? But thankfully you don’t just get the same stuff multiple times, because like I said, the movie is covering several years and therefore we get many moments in time just once because in many instances it’s not something that all characters were involved in with.

And I found it to be interesting to see the differences in their lifestyles and characters. The second chapter doesn’t really have the battle scenes, but instead, it shines a light on the decadent, frivolous activities that Jacques Le Gris is into. It’s a different world from that of de Carrouges and we also get more of Ben Affleck’s character Count Pierre d’Alençon.

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I think Affleck’s coloured hair was made fun of before or that he doesn’t seem to fit into a period piece, but I can tell you, that I thought he was really great. The entire cast is fantastic and you will get some truly magnificent acting performances with this one. Damon, Driver, Affleck and last but certainly not least Jodie Comer. This isn’t just a gorgeous looking production, but also a real actors’ film.

It’s in the second chapter that I thought the film is really unafraid to get uncomfortable and to demonstrate just how much men think they are in the right. How easily they justify what they do. How they enable other men and how they protect the status quo. Now for a film that’s about issues like these, it surely takes a while until Jodie Comer’s character Marguerite gets her time in the spotlight but I think it’s for once her powerhouse performance and the turn of her character, as well as the film’s powerful stance, that makes up for it.

Elements that I also really liked in the later parts of the movie are how different aspects of life like medicine, religion and the justice system are also depicted to uphold the power relations. It’s of course also funny to see and one might laugh about the stupidity of the times back then, but you also know or realize just how bad things are still today and what kind of nonsense people believe and want to believe and how much of that is keeping other people down.

So in German, I’d say: I give THE LAST DUEL 8 out of 10. It’s more like 8.1 but I don’t do that. Alright, that’s it. Like always, comment below and let me know what you think about THE LAST DUEL. You can hit me up, on Twitter, Instagram and Letterboxd – and also on Patreon – simply at The Jimmy Cage.

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