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
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
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.