Based on a true story.
The film begins with a duel between Sir Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon) and Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver). But before we witness the final battle between the two, we go back in time to find out how they ended up here. We learn that after serving in combat together, the two considered each other good friends. But small conflicts soon began between them, finally leading to an accusation about Jacques Le Grid (Adam Driver) from Marguerite de Carrouges (Jodie Comer), Jean de Carrouges’s wife.
Instead of telling the story in a straight line, it is told from the viewpoint of the leading characters, taking audiences on an engaging story with a few surprises along the way. No matter the path, it’s evident that the two male leads, at some point, will be forced to settle matters, disputing through a challenging and deadly duel. The question is, who is telling the truth and who is telling lies? Naturally, the biggest question is, who will survive the duel?
Based on the cast line-up, as many would expect, performances are great. Matt Damon and Adam Driver are excellent, even more so whenever the two share the screen, and the tension is evident. However, the major standout among the leads was actress Jodie Comer as Marguerite de Carrouges. Jodie Comer delivers a tremendous and touching performance. Ben Affleck also delivers a surprising and memorable performance.
The film is best classed as a drama thriller with some brutal action moments. Director Ridley Scott has incorporated some stunning work, successfully capturing many emotional and uncomfortable moments of tension. I was even forced sometimes to look away. The visuals are stunning, and the film’s musical score by Harry Gregson-Williams also has powerful and fitting moments.
The pacing, for the most part, is positive. While having the story told from different perspectives did keep my interest, some moments felt unnecessary to the film’s lengthy runtime. While I enjoyed watching The Last Duel, it won’t warrant any addictive viewing. Once the audience knows all the outcomes and watches the exciting and gripping duel, there is little reason to watch it again.
Overall, this film is highly dramatic, brutal, and gripping. The Last Duel successfully brings a true story to life with a solid combination of drama, thriller, and violent action. The leading cast is excellent, especially Jodie Comer and the tense relationship between Matt Damon and Adam Driver. It’s a solid film that held my engagement and is highly unpredictable. Some scenes also feel unnecessary, which results in lengthy runtime. The film won’t warrant repeated viewing once viewers know the ending and the truth surrounding the duel.