A drama that provokes, makes you think and that is told from three angles, the film “The Last Duel” explores the ubiquitous, strong power of men, the weakness of justice, and the strength and courage of a woman who is determined to work for the truth. Eric Jager’s enchanting book from 2004, “The Last Duel”, is a true story based on historical data about the legendary duel to the death and the last legal duel. The screenplay was written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, the duo who were last awarded the Oscar for best screenplay for the film “Good Will Hunting”.
In addition to Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, one of the main roles in the film is played by Adam Driver, an actor who has had lower success in the Hollywood starry sky in recent years. The audience remembers him as the father from the movie “Marriage Story” as Charlie Barber, “Star Wars” as Kylo Ren, and there is an upcoming movie with Lady Gaga “House of Gucci” as Maurizio Gucci, while this year at the Cannes Festival, together with Marion Cotillard, he received a standing ovation for the musical “Annette”.
The Last Duel Plot Controversy
This historical drama, in which he plays the knight’s wife, makes serious accusations of rape and unites in one person all the torments of female oppression of the 14th century, is the second film in 2021 for Jodie Comer (“Kill Eve”), while the first film is “The main character “in which, in addition to Ryan Reynolds, he plays the seductive and combative Mili.
Ridley Scott is certainly a legal choice for directing this movie because in addition to being a proven connoisseur of epic dramas, his films “The Duelists” (1977), “Gladiator” (2000), “Gladiator 2” (2023) “Prometheus” (2012) and “Exodus: Gods and Kings” (2014), and in 2003 he was awarded the title of the knight for his contribution to the seventh art.
This historical drama in which the knight’s wife makes severe accusations of rape unites in one person all the torments of female oppression of the 14th century. King Charles VI announces that the knight Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon) will resolve the dispute caused by the suspicion that his squire Jacques le Gris (Adam Driver) raped his wife Marguerite de Carrouges (Jody Comer) while he was on the battlefield, with a fierce duel.
When it comes to social expectations, they are guided by a code of knights, institutions such as the church, the court, the king who is a teenager, it is clear that women in times full of violence did not have many rights but depended exclusively on the protection of their husbands. duel “significantly increases the stakes.
Men like Jean de Carrouges and Jacques le Gris were heroes of their time, but unreliable narrators of history. Margarita’s perspective is key, it is the “corrective factor” of their inviolable views of reality.
Matt Damon points out: “These men were born during the Hundred Years’ War. The only thing they knew was a violent life, full of rape, raids that are the main weapon of war. It was incredibly violent, to the point that while reading the book the only story that has emotion and which is worth hearing is hers. Marguerite’s courage, which emerges under terrible pressure, she is ashamed, questioned, and has risen against all, truly astonishing. “
The Last Duel Cast and Characters
- Matt Damon as Sir Jean de Carrouges
- Adam Driver as Jacques Le Gris
- Jodie Comer as Marguerite de Carrouges
- Harriet Walter as Nicole de Carrouges
- Ben Affleck as Pierre d’Alençon
- Alex Lawther as King Charles VI
- Marton Csokas as Crespin
- William Houston as Herald at the Duel
- Oliver Cotton as Jean de Carrouges III
- Aurélien Lorgnier as Carrogues’ Priest
- Nathaniel Parker as Sir Robert de Thibouville
- Tallulah Haddon as Marie
- Michael McElhatton as Bernard de Latour and more
The Last Duel Release Date
The long-awaited historical spectacle “The Last Duel” by director Ridley Scott will be in movie theaters from October 14.