The Last Duel Review: Prestige Period Filmmaking, Stunning Swordfights, And Piercing Performances [Venice 2021]

The Last Duel Review: Prestige Period Filmmaking, Stunning Swordfights, And Piercing Performances [Venice 2021]
Prestige period filmmaking rarely sizzles like "The Last Duel." Ridley Scott, master of high-budget history, is mercifully in "Gladiator" form rather than "Kingdom of Heaven" with his latest medieval movie. All is as it should be here: stunning swordfights, dazzling duels, nimble narrativization, and psychologically piercing performances from the trio of leads.

The film's accomplishments teeter precariously on the edge of sensitive gender politics given the subject matter. Jodie Comer's Marguerite presents a rarity: a 14th century example of a woman charging rape against a man, Adam Driver's Jacques LeGris. When faced with this divulgence from his wife, Matt Damon's...

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