THE LAST DUEL First Reviews Heap Praise On Jodie Comer; New TV Spot Teases An Epic Final Battle
Ridley Scott's highly anticipated The Last Duel held its world premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival earlier today, and the first reactions are finally here along with a new TV spot!
After a nearly year-long delay due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Ridley Scott's latest epic The Last Duel, which stars Matt Damon (Jason Bourne; The Martian) in the lead role, finally held its world premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival earlier today and the first reviews have now arrived, heaping praise on the performance of Jodie Comer (Killing Eve; Free Guy).
In their review, The Hollywood Reporter said, "It’s only when Jodie Comer steps forward to give the drama’s most nuanced performance as Marguerite de Carrouges, a woman with the backbone to speak her truth and quite literally put her life on the line, that The Last Duel fires on all cylinders."
It also seems to be a film that subverts expectations to some extent, as it's described as more of a medieval drama as opposed to an all-out crowd-pleasing actioner. Variety says, "Despite a brief action interlude here or there, The Last Duel turns out to be a lavishly convoluted and, at times, rather interesting medieval soap opera.," while IndieWire adds, "The Last Duel reveals itself as something all too rare on the current Hollywood field of battle: an intelligent and genuinely daring big budget melee that is - above all else - the product of recognizable artistic collaboration."
However, while the performances and drama are being lauded, it seems like some viewers found an issue with the script, which was co-written by Damon, Ben Affleck, and Nicole Holofcener. AwardsWatch wrote, "The trial-by-combat that ends the film is the real problem in the script: written by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Nicole Holofcener (who was hired to write the third act from a female perspective), the screenplay never finds its balance."
Check out a thrilling new TV spot below:
One woman defied a nation and made history.
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.