Friday, December 1, 2023

Trailer – “The Last Duel”

By Matt Neglia 

20th Century Studios has released the trailer for Ridley Scott’s “The Last Duel” starring Jodie Comer, Adam Driver, Matt Damon & Ben Affleck. The film will be released in theaters on October 15th.

​Click below to see the trailer.

Plot Synopsis: The historical epic is a cinematic and thought-provoking drama set in the midst of the Hundred Years War that explores the ubiquitous power of men, the frailty of justice and the strength and courage of one woman willing to stand alone in the service of truth. Based on actual events, the film unravels long-held assumptions about France’s last sanctioned duel between Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris, two friends turned bitter rivals. Carrouges is a respected knight known for his bravery and skill on the battlefield. Le Gris is a Norman squire whose intelligence and eloquence make him one of the most admired nobles in court. When Carrouges’ wife, Marguerite, is viciously assaulted by Le Gris, a charge he denies, she refuses to stay silent, stepping forward to accuse her attacker, an act of bravery and defiance that puts her life in jeopardy. The ensuing trial by combat, a grueling duel to the death, places the fate of all three in God’s hands.

What do you all think of the trailer? I’m a big Ridley Scott fan and a massive fan of historical epics. Still, even I’ve been skeptical about this film since it was first announced, given its subject matter and who is involved (Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wrote the script with Nicole Holofcener). The production design, cinematography, costumes, and makeup definitely show off Ridley Scott’s technical wizardry (we’ll never be allowed to forget that this was the man who directed “Gladiator“), but I imagine the story is going to create a ton of discourse and controversy. Jodie Comer and Adam Driver certainly stood out in the trailer for the right reasons, while Matt Damon and Ben Affleck stood out for the wrong reasons (accents and makeup). Here is a quote from Ridley Scott about the film:

“I love working with Matt, so it was an added bonus to be able to work with him and Ben as both actors and as screenwriters, along with Nicole Holofcener, and I knew it would be a great result,” says director/producer Ridley Scott. “I had admired the show ‘Killing Eve’ and had been looking for the opportunity to present Jodie Comer with a challenging role. Her performance as Marguerite will make her one of the great actresses of her generation.”

I’m still curious about this project and how it will be received, but what do you think, though? Let us know your thoughts though in the comments below or on our Twitter account. 

You can follow Matt and hear more of his thoughts on the Oscars and Film on Twitter at @NextBestPicture

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Matt Neglia
Matt Neglia
Obsessed about the Oscars, Criterion Collection and all things film 24/7. Critics Choice Member.

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