I think I love the structure gimmick of subjectivity in concept more than how it was executed, which is not to say though that Scott, Holofcener, Affleck, and Damon have crafted something deficient here, just that it’s barely rudimentary enough to be investing in its given subject matter on female oppression during France’s medieval days. The Last Duel then seems to ultimately reconcile though as a serviceable retelling of early male domination that’s scouted corruptly in just about any respected field whether it be of law or science, bludgeoning women into something as minute and demeaning as being simply pieces of property. In hindsight, even with such simple affairs and gender dynamics told through its viewpoint of multi-perspective disclosures, it’s still puissant enough to burden and complicate the audience with results that may seem just but victories that feel all too contrived and hypocritical, purposely leaving the audience with partial dissatisfaction of a reality that often repeats itself.
Would go and check this one out too for its occasional but fantastic action sequences as well, especially that concluding one. Ridley Scott lives!
2021 Ranked, Ridley Scott Ranked
“The Last Duel” is now playing in theaters.