Rent The Last Duel (2021)

3.5 of 5 from 166 ratings
2h 26min
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Synopsis:
Jodie Comer "makes her mark" (Owen Gleiberman) in this thought-provoking drama set during the 14th century in France from visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott. Based on actual events, the film centres on one woman's (Comer) accusation that she was brutally attacked by Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver), her husband Jean de Carrouges' (Matt Damon) friend. Now, in order to prove his wife's claim, de Carrouges must fight Le Gris to the death, the victor believed to be determined by God. All three lives hang in the balance in this gripping, cinematic film also starring Ben Affleck as Le Gris' scheming ally, Count d'Alençon.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Jennifer Fox, Nicole Holofcener, Ridley Scott, Kevin J. Walsh, Ben Affleck
Writers:
Nicole Holofcener, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Eric Jager
Studio:
20th Century Fox
Genres:
Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
06/12/2021
Run Time:
146 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English Audio Description Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Castillian, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
06/12/2021
Run Time:
152 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description Dolby Digital 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
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Bonus:
  • The Making Of 'The Last Duel'
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (4) of The Last Duel

The best Ridley Scott film in years - The Last Duel review by AER

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20/10/2021

Even though this could have done with some judicious editing, The Last Duel is a chilling tale of the kind we don't see so much anymore. It was refreshing to see an old fashioned film with knights, horses and battles featuring some great actors. The plot device of telling the same story from three different POV's could have worked if each strand was substantially different from the last and its an awkward fit for a pretty straight story. Less fussiness would've have given The Last Duel its much needed pace. Where the strengths lie are in the superb performances by Matt Damon (His best for ages), Ben Affleck, and Jodie Comer. The central duel does not disappoint and the ending is quite harrowing. It's a solid and entertaining film and worth checking out. Ben Affleck & Matt Damon co-wrote this alongside the sometime director of the Parks & Recreation series, Nicole Holocefener.

7 out of 10

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Big, Brash Historical Epic - The Last Duel review by GI

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21/10/2021

Highly detailed and visually spectacular this epic medieval story is typical of Ridley Scott's flair for the big, historical drama. Essentially this is a rape/revenge tale based on real events and has bloody and tough battle scenes, a great realisation of 14th Century France but is ultimately an unsubtle film. The basic story is of two knights Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon) and Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver), friends in the army of their liege lord Pierre (Ben Affleck). But when Jean believes Jacques has cheated him of some precious land they become estranged with le Gris in favour with Pierre to the detriment of de Carrouges. When the latter's wife Marguerite (Jodie Comer) alleges Le Gris has raped her Jean appeals to the King to be allowed trial by combat. This story is told three times from the viewpoint of these three main characters with Marguerite's account left to last and which reveals possibly the truth. These all lead to the titular duel at the film's climax, and it is worth the wait because it's long, bloody and brutal with Marguerite facing being burned alive if her husband loses. There's a few astute observations along the way about class and position that have contemporary resonance and Games Of Thrones fans will delight in some of the more bloody fights and the, perhaps, unnecessary sex scenes. There will be the inevitable criticism over accents but I always forgive this as being irrelevant. Everyone is on top form and Comer especially is very good. This is a film that revels in spectacle and considering some of the subtle themes it's perhaps too blunt but still, for the most part, very entertaining.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Interesting premise, ponderous execution - The Last Duel review by LC

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19/12/2021

The decision to tell the same story three times over from different viewpoints is intruiging, although it does result in a rather bloated running time. The film also hammers its message home without much subtelty, with title cards highlighting both male character's stories as flawed, whilst only the female lead tells the 'real' truth. It works, but it feels slightly preachy, and I can't help but think it might have been more complex and interesting if all three leads were unreliable narrators, and let the audience make up its own mind. Acting is mostly fine, though the mishmash of English and American accents (in a film set in France) takes a bit of getting used to. Ridley Scott has thrown millions at the screen, so it look great, but I'm not sure the film needed it - other than the final duel, this feels like it could have played out as a minimalist stageplay. There's still enough here to recommend a watch, but on the whole i found this a slightly leaden experience. (3.5 out of 5)

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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