December 8, 2021

In theaters: The Last Duel

The Last Duel finally hit theaters after a

nearly year-long delay due to the COVID-19

pandemic. Should you see it or is this one

OK to pass?

The Last Duel is a cinematic retelling of

the last sanctioned duel to the death in Paris

during 1386 and focuses on the perspective

of the main three characters as the audience

decides who is in the right.

The film focuses on Jean De Carrouges

[Matt Damon] and his wife Marguerite [Jodie

Comer] as they attempt to prove that De

Carrouges’ former friend, Jacques Le Gris

[Adam Driver] is guilty of sexually assaulting

Lady Marguerite.

The film is broken up into three chapters,

each titled “The truth according to…” each

of the three are given a chapter that shows

the characters perception of the incident.

The first chapter is focused on De Carrouges’

perspective. According to Jean,

he’s obviously the hero of this story. He’s a

beloved warrior down on his luck until he’s

knighted and married to the beautiful Lady

Marguerite. He leaves for Paris and returns

to the news of the assault. He immediately

takes action and seeks a hearing with Count

Pierre D’Alençon [Ben Affleck] to plead his

wife’s case to the royals. The Count ignores

his pleas because he’s a personal friend of

Le Gris. De Carrouges travels to meet King

Charles and is granted a duel to the death to

determine who is telling the truth.

Chapter Two shows the perspective of

Jacques Le Gris. In his version of the tale, De

Carrouges is his best friend. They traveled

and fought together, tended lands together

and even became god parents to each other’s

children. Tension only starts to build when

Le Gris becomes the right hand to the Count

and De Carrouges is left to fend for himself.

They get into several arguments and don’t

speak until Le Gris hosts a party. De Carrouges

brings his new bride and, from Le

Gris perspective, she is very flirtatious with

him. He eventually goes to her home while

De Carrouges is in Paris. From.the perspective

of Le Gris, Marguerite’s unwillingness

to lay with him is simply playful behavior.

Eventually he’s accused and denies it. He

goes to Paris to prepare for the duel.

The final chapter is meant to serve as

the true events. It’s told from Marguerite’s

perspective. It doesn’t tell much about the

friendship between the two nights and instead

focuses on De Carrouges’ anger problems

and Marguerite’s reluctance to have the duel

take place. If her husband loses, she will also

be killed.

Once the chapters are finished, the audience

is shown the actual duel. The action is

great and both men put on an intense physical

performance. The movie is slow, but it never

wastes time. Affleck and Comer are standouts

in the film. Both characters are played well

and bring intense emotion to the film.

The Last Duel is rated R and that rating

is earned. There is lots of gore and both male

and female nudity throughout the film.

Overall, this movie is intense, action

packed and shows the audience the dangers

of medieval law. Leave the kids at home and

go see The Last Duel before it leaves theaters

or buy it on Blu Ray.

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