From director Ridley Scott comes a triumphant and cinematic event that is a brawl of medieval sensation. Scott has a talent for realism in films from the medieval era, and The Last Duel is one of his best. The film links to many actual historical events and Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Adam Driver are, as always, magnificent. The tension between these three actors drives the film.
In The Last Duel, Matt Damon is Sir Jean de Carrouges, who has many disputes with one of his squires, Jacques Le Gris, played by Adam Driver. Sir Jean also has an egotistical friend and colleague named Pierre, played by Ben Affleck. Jacques Le Gris assaults Jean’s wife Marguerite, played by Jodie Comer, which causes Jean to challenge Jacques to a duel. But death may not be the answer to this duel.
The Last Duel’s use of choreography, character development, and historical focus make it one of the best films of 2021. It is truly a visual sensation, and no one builds the dramatic elements better than Scott.
Medieval films have been making a comeback, and The Last Duel is just so good. I found myself enjoying this one even more than Kingdom of Heaven(2005). That one was brilliant as well, but The Last Duel takes the medieval film to a whole different level. It is a rollercoaster ride of tension, power, and challenging situations that is out of this world. I give The Last Duel four stars. It is a film that is not to be missed.