For Ridley Scott It will be a very busy end of the year. The director behind great movies like Alien, Gladiator and Blade Runner will premiere this week The Last Duel, movie starring Jodie Comer, Adam Driver and Matt Damon. And before 2022 begins, the long-awaited one will arrive House of Gucci, with a stellar cast in which Driver He also repeats as the protagonist.
The story of The last duel was co-written between Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, with the participation of Nicole Holofcener. Inspired by true events, it focuses on two Frenchmen from the feudal era, Jean de Carrouge (Damon) and Jack Le Gris (Driver), whose friendship goes into crisis and is defined in a duel to the death. The reason? Grey was accused of raping the woman of Jean, Marguerite (Comer).
Without being a completely action movie, The last duel manages to show handfuls of violence-laden battle scenes that will remind the Scott from Gladiator. The most important point in this film will go through the decision to tell the story from three different points of view, those of each of those involved in the complaint, before the final battle is seen, full of bloody and visual moments full of epic.
One of the great achievements of the film Ridley Scott It goes through the way in which she tackles a subject as sensitive as rape and manages to slip a feminist message across. Far from the productions that force this type of concepts due to the times that force to debate them, The last duel makes (beyond the fact that some dialogues do not seem of the time) the treatment is harmonious. In this context, Comer will bring out all his acting talent, accompanied by great performances by Driver and Damon.
The weakest point of The last duel
If it is about talking about moments in which the movie of Ridley Scott falters, one of them has to do with Ben Affleck. The actor of Batman is in charge of interpreting Pierre of Alençon, the count who will become a stumbling block for Jean de Carrouge and a strategic ally of Grey. While his appearances are brief and few, he doesn’t seem to be in tune with the rest of the cast.
Affleck it becomes a caricature of what might be a powerful member of the political class. Each of his interventions is in a highly over-acted register that is nothing like the more contained interpretations of his colleagues, particularly of Comer and of Driver, which are the best of the production. In fact, it would not be surprising that Comer ring to receive a nomination for the Oscars from 2022.