The Last Duel

The Last Duel ★★★★★

The Last Duel is one of those movies I went into thinking it was just going to be just an okay movie. I have to say I was absolutely blown away by this movie. The Rashomon comparison is definitely apt and I loved when we went to Chapter 3, the rest of the words dissolved and all you saw was "The Truth" which in my mind pretty much signified everything could be taken with a grain of salt from before this chapter.

I think what I really loved is that this movie dared to throw Ben Affleck and Matt Damon into roles that normally we don't get to see them play and dare I say it? I think Matt Damon's role in this may be the best thing he's done. Affleck is also superb in a very limited role. Adam Driver I feel may be starting to get typecast as a villain or a misogynist. Jodie Comer is the central figure to this story but we don't really see a lot of her performance until the last hour. But in that last hour she has some really excellent scenes especially when she's in court being questioned.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the script which was written by both Affleck and Damon and I would assume Nicole Holofcener was brought in specifically to make sure the more contentious parts of the movie were smoothed over. Indeed, I think the inclusion of Holofcener really helped to bring a much needed female perspective into this movie so that it avoided being deemed a "male gaze" movie. Surprisingly, the script is darkly funny and I laughed harder than I thought I would.

I really loved the differences between all the view points. The parts that really stuck out for me was the differences in the most important scene between Le Gris and Marguerite and their respective points of view, I love the use of the sound design to really horrify the audience in Marguerite's perspective. The other difference I loved was how de Carrouges remembered asking his wife about what had happened to what Marguerite remembered what happened, seeing de Carrouges immediately turn to worry about himself rather than his wife was very revealing.

There's a lot of specific subtleties and nuance going on in this it would be very tough to point them out, but I kind of loved how it managed to use a true story as kind of a parallel to the reckoning we've had under #metoo. But it does it in a way that doesn't come off as ham handed or overcooked

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