The Last Duel (2021) 1080p YIFY Movie

The Last Duel (2021) 1080p

Told in three viewpoints: husband's, rapist, wife's is very informing. Lots of medieval fighting and court machinations. Jodie Comer, Matt Damon, and Adam Driver are well-cast as three leads. Over two hours long but won't feel it. Stay for update at end.

IMDB: 7.76 Likes

  • Genre: Action | Drama
  • Quality: 1080p
  • Size: 2.80G
  • Resolution: 1920*800 / 29.97 fpsfps
  • Language: English 5.1  
  • Run Time: 152
  • IMDB Rating: 7.7/10 
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  • Peers/Seeds: 101 / 745

The Synopsis for The Last Duel (2021) 1080p

Told in three viewpoints: husband's, rapist, wife's is very informing. Lots of medieval fighting and court machinations. Jodie Comer, Matt Damon, and Adam Driver are well-cast as three leads. Over two hours long but won't feel it. Stay for update at end.


The Director and Players for The Last Duel (2021) 1080p

[Director]Ridley Scott
[Role:]Jodie Comer
[Role:]Adam Driver
[Role:]Matt Damon


The Reviews for The Last Duel (2021) 1080p


Well acted, with an great premise, but too long and a bit pretentiousReviewed bysideriteVote: 8/10

I welcome this new writing collaboration between Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. With a fantastic cast, very well acted and with realistic sets, it tells the story of the last "legal duel" in France, or a fight to the death between two men to settle a legal dispute, in this case the rape of a wife, leading to damage of property. Composed in the style of Rashomon, it shows the same sordid story from three different points of view, neither of them proclaimed as truth (except by a very cowardly fade out in the case of the third act). It is difficult not to enjoy the film with such talented people working for it, but unfortunately the structure and the length of the film make it feel a little slow. I mean, yeah, it's the middle ages, slow was the default value, but still.

This is based on a book, so the scenes and the story are pretty accurate. When people start complaining about this and that, you just have to ask them if it's like in the book, researched and written in years by a university professor of Medieval English literature. It's about how women were property, men were crazy and everybody was living in drafty dirty places and fought wars for no good reason all the time. Basically feudalism was bad. Yet one has to wonder, if they had the same story told about three times, how much of the book was preserved and how much of Eric Jager's effort was lost? Perhaps, if you are passionate about the subject of feminine rights in the 14th century you should get reading instead of watching the film.

Bottom line: very well done, but none of it is meant to be entertaining. There is no fun, little action, limited character interaction. Great acting fills a bit of the void, and the subject is kind of engaging, but after two hours and a half of this you're just glad it's over.

Dueling stories Make This Search For Truth A Wild SpectacleReviewed byrgkarimVote: 8/10

LIKES:

The Setting:For reviewers and audience members like me, being pulled into a world makes the experience, and the Last Duel has accomplished this very well. Like Game Of Thrones, the studio has pulled us into the time of the European conquests, where countries and lands switched alliances in the name of greed, power, and entitlement that we've seen time and time again. Misty forests, and wide fields culminate in the feeling of vastness of the world prior to modernization, as one traveled between havens of castles and forts for celebrations. Within these walls, the dark and hallowed halls are authentic, creating these immense fortresses that hold much with the walls and courtyards. All the subtle nuances of lighting via flickering flame, the echoes of the halls, and the details of changing certain room to please the owner's needs are here, and you really feel pulled back in time.

The Cinematography:It's beautiful to say the least, with great use of lighting and filters to bring about the moods of each scene. Battle scenes are engaging and ever changing to really draw you into the fight, with many angles capture at just the right approach to really draw out the emotions of the scene. Meanwhile, the more dramatic moments find blend plenty of dynamics together to draw out the scenes and give you the full emotions of that moment and the stakes that they hold. The fervor of the scribe who is being abused, or the pain of the person as they are berated for their thoughts are all beautifully stacked and layered from the camera work and really get you into this dramatic tale.

Dialogue:It's a movie that holds a lot of talking and character development, meaning that the words need to evolve past the common dialogue found on social media and comedy films. The Last Duel has some amazing words lining the page, using the poetic descriptions famous for these time period pieces that blend metaphor and "common" tongue into a fluid ballad of deeper tones. It paints the pictures of the feelings of all those involved, being used as a weapon to cut deep into the pride and "honor" of characters who hold those qualities close to heart. The deep dialogue is certainly a meat of the movie that you will either hate or love, but for me, this film does not get so lost in the dialogue to have you scratching your head like reading Shakespeare in high school.

The Story Telling:This dark tale stands out from other drams, due to the presentation of what is a common tale in this day and age. It's not just because it occurs in the Medieval time period, but more so in the way Scott and his team told the tale in the chapter approach. Each of the chapters in the Last Duel comes from the perspective of the person involved in the act, with the same tale being told, but getting those added nuances and beliefs by the storyteller about what they believed occurred. Seeing those subtle differences and getting to see their actions during the time period was a genius move that does not rub stuff in your face, and ending at the same point helped build up to the titular duel to come.

The Action:Believe it or not, this movie does have action outside of the trailer's fight and at times it is rather impressive. Scott and his team give you representative battles of the time period, combining swarm moments with personalized action, to combine into a fight that had some character behind it. A little violent sure, but Scott's handling of these moments gave use enough break from the drama to wake up, but never detracting too much to lose grip of the story. When the final sequence occurs, Scott extends the chaos of the battlefield into one duel, and it is a splendid dance of word and blade that last about 16 minutes by my watch. It holds the spirt of the entire movie and puts a fitting and exciting conclusion that has you wondering who will stand and who will fall, unless you know history.

The Acting:Hands down, this highly character centered piece requires good acting and this may be the strongest piece of the film. Damon is a wonderful opening chapter for the film, and his time as a squire is filled with moments of hurt, betrayal, and fury that he plays so well. Similar to other roles I have seen him in, that control of letting the emotions out in the right amount at the right time cannot be understated for me in this film. His engagement in the facets of the knightlihood actions, and how he processes all the pressure of the time are incredible and I loved how much he was pulled into the film to challenge that dynamic. Adam Driver, well the man continues to blow my mind with how elegant his skills can deliver on a character. More aristocratic in nature, Driver brings more of the poetry and nobility language that paints a rivalry between the two nights. His delivery of the language is much tighter than Damon's, and his outrage is more focused to again show the approaches to the lifestyle of the time periods. Ben Affleck does very well with his role as the arrogant Lord of the Land, his delivery holds more of the nobility debauchery and corruption of the land, but works well with his sinful delivery of the dialogue. The champion though, was the Jodie Comer, who once again delivered a role I enjoyed despite the harder scenes to watch. Comer holds so much elegance as a noble lady, only to then see her spirit come out during her side of the tale in the actions she did for her estate. When the emotional moments came up, she stacked her emotions to gradually pour out, from hurt betrayal to full on hysterics depending on the scene. She was elegant in her delivery, yet new when to lose that elegance to make a point and that control and depth, alongside the darker moments she had to bear, continues to display the talent and promise she has.

DISLIKES:

The Pacing:I agree with my fellow reviewers that the movie loses its stride as the first hour fades, becoming a bit of an uneven mess that loses the power of the first act. A strong opening act starts to wind down int eh second and the third, and its only the promise of the duel and the outcome that gets you to stay. This uneven pace mixed with the longer run time, can make it difficult and if you don't have the energy, the quieter moments can lead you to falling asleep, but if you can make it to the end you'll be rewarded.

The Animal cruelty:The Last Duel does not venture into the territory of unnecessary torture of animals, but it does have some graphic displays that were painful for me to watch. I'm not a fan of seeing graphic shots of animals suffering or their corpses, so I can't say this was my favorite aspect. Yes, it's realistic and keeps in theme with the rest of the film, but for people like me, it can be a little somber to watch.

The Sexual Moments:Yeah, if you've read my reviews, the sexual moments are already not as enjoyable for me to watch if they offer little to the story. While the debauchery does show the characters of some of our casts and how one entertained oneself in old times, much of it got a little too visual for me. Seeing lots of the acts in the manner we see can be a bit hard to watch as well, especially seeing the more aggressive and illegal acts unfold that can be hard for those with PTSD. Applaude to the actors for making it come to life, but I'm still not the biggest fan of seeing forced love making multiple times when I get the picture the first time.

The Presentation:Ironically, as much as I love the three perspectives, I can't say that it did not have it's own weaknesses with the presentation. The three acts will give you the perspectives of all three and allow one to appreciate how stories fluctuate depending on the mind of the teller. However, seeing many of the same scenes again and again starts to lose the fervor and become boring given how little is added. Fortunately, there are other scenes happening around the moment that help relieve the boredom, but still seeing many of the same scenes occur with little action moments to again break up the drama was not the best choice for me and a more linear tale would have escaped this flaw.

The VERDICT:The Last Duel is a splendid example of cinematography storytelling for a very sensitive subject. Ridley Scott immerses you into the setting with visuals, clothing, and setting that will haul your butt into the Medieval time period and settle you into the politics of the movie and the subject matter. Fantastic writing feels authentic to the world of yore, and enriches the dramatic moments with a life that would otherwise be a bit dull, while action scenes contain all the splendid details to drop you into the carnage the world once faced. Yet the acting alongside the presentation are the solid points for the movie, with a cast who really does make such a dark subject tolerable and engaging, while also illustrating the flaws vanity can bring and how there are multiple sides of the story. Yet, the movie is not for those who get constant excitement in their films, as the pacing is off after about the first hour, which for a 2.5 hour movie is saying something. Mix in the darker elements that can be a bit much at times, alongside needing some action to break up the monotony of the film. And while the presentation is unique and artistic, it also is a big limitation because of how bland the same scenes become when little is added to them. Overall, the movie scores a worthy of theater vibe for me and I recommend a watch if you get the time.

My scores are:Action/Drama/History: 8.0Movie Overall: 7.5.

Complex and BrutalReviewed bydavidmviningVote: 8/10

A $100 million epic that probably should have been made for significantly less considering the subject matter, Ridley Scott's The Last Duel is a hard-edged Rashomon-like look at a rape in Medieval France and the ensuing legal duel, sanctioned by Charles VI, the last in France's history. I'm going to be honest, I'm not surprised that it's bombing horribly at the box office. This isn't the sort of thing people want to buy popcorn to and go to the theaters to watch. It's too heavy.

The film is broken up into three chapters, each telling the story up to a certain point from the perspective of the three main characters. The first is centered around Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon), a squire who led a hasty charge on an enemy line in battle that cost his lord, the Count Pierre d'Alencon (Ben Affleck), a key city. Alongside him in battle was Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver) who helped Jean avoid death in battle and is also a squire under Pierre. The friendship between Jean and Jacques quickly devolves into a rivalry as Jacques gets closer to the Count, receiving more gifts for loyal service than Jean. Jean, meanwhile, meets the daughter of a pardoned traitor, Marguerite (Jodie Comer). Jean negotiates with her father for her dowery, agreeing upon a particular plot of land that gets snatched from him when Jacques, unknowing the pending engagement of Jean and Marguerite, agrees to accept that land for the rents that Marguerite's father owes Pierre, essentially (but not literally) stealing the land from Jean. Lawsuits are filed, egos are bruised, and Jean becomes increasingly bitter as he sees his lot in life lowered while Jacques seems to raise his own lots through no effort of his own.

Before going any further, I want to admire the film's structure. The first third, Jean de Carrouges' telling, is where we get the bulk of the world building, and it's important stuff for the story. It's not just about women being pawns in the games of powerful men. There's a lot of detail about how the feudal system in France worked. How squires reported to Counts who reported to Kings, about how lawsuits worked, and how finances worked. Everyone is always short of cash, and the only way Jean de Carrouges can get out is to go to war from plunder and prisoners to sell at ransom. He goes to war in Scotland for just this, returning with nothing, and needing to immediately go to Paris to receive payment from the crown for his efforts. When he comes home, Marguerite tells him that Jacques Le Gris showed up when she was alone and raped her. Jean believes her, and he pursues a course of action that leads to the King of France endorsing the legal duel.

The second section is Jacques Le Gris'. Where Jean's section showed a man perennially beaten down, Le Gris' shows a man of education and loose morals climbing the ladder of power easily. Much of his section takes place in Pierre's presence as he plays witty word games and joins Pierre in sex games with the pretty young women in Pierre's court (outside of Pierre's wife's presence, of course). He's also good with numbers and takes up Pierre's accounts, agreeing to make sense of the books but also go to the different tenants on Pierre's lands to pick up the missing rents. It's here, in Le Gris' section where we see that there are subtle but very interesting things happen. There's one particular moment that is in all three sections where Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris attempt to reconcile at the celebration of another squire's new child. In all three, a single line is uttered by different people about how no fight between squires should be allowed to continue for it is ruinous to all. In Jean's he speaks it, in Jacques' he speaks it, and in Marguerite's the other squire speaks it off camera. This is like the memories of the three reflecting back on the events from the end of the movie, wondering how they all got there.

The most important aspect of this difference is in the rape itself. Jacques loves (lusts after?) Marguerite, but it's mostly from afar. After a brief exchange at the celebration where both are revealed as book learned and witty, they spy each other in different places over the next few months. When Jacques sees Jean after Jean returns from Scotland on his way to Paris, Jacques decides that this brute of a man has left behind his beautiful, intelligent lady of a wife behind at home alone. He visits, enters her home through deception, and gets into her bedroom with her and no one else in the house. What follows is a recreation of an earlier scene from Pierre's bedroom where Jacques had chased another lady around a table in a game that led to consensual sex. You can see the mirror, but at the same time it's obvious that Marguerite doesn't want to participate. It's not playful, but it's definitely not consensual. However, from Jacques' point of view you can see how he might see it that way. As he explains to Pierre later, when the accusations are running around the country, Marguerite was a lady who just put up the normal objections, like the lady from the earlier scene.

The final third is Marguerite's point of view, and it provides more interesting context around both men. Her first scene is of Jean angrily arguing with her father about the loss in dowery with her father promising him that Marguerite will be fertile. The celebration scene clarifies a moment where she was dancing with Jean but looking at Jacques with her dialogue explaining about fake smiles getting people places rather than anger. There are scenes with Jean's mother, and the two really don't like each other. There are scenes of her sex with Jean which obviously pains her (the common belief at the time that women require "the little death", an orgasm, in order to conceive is mentioned by her doctor in reference to how she can't conceive). And, most importantly, there is the rape, which is a good bit more horrible from her perspective. We can see that Jacques was thinking that he was playful, but he's also far rougher with her and her protestations far more vocal. Also, Jean's reaction to the news if far less understanding that Jean's memory.

It all ends up with that titular duel, and Ridley Scott puts his trademarked look on the brutal fight that earns every bit of the R-rating. It is both satisfying in some ways and really empty in others, on purpose. Neither Jean nor Jacques are particularly good people. Even in their own tellings they're not really admirable at all. Jean is a thin-skinned and impulsive brute who got himself laughed out of court, and Jacques is a cruel womanizer. When one side wins, it's not the pure victory anyone really wants because motives, purposes, and intentions are all crossed and confused.

No, this really isn't something that was going to make its money back at the box office.

I loved it, though. It's a complex portrait of a brutal time filled with very good performances from everyone especially Jodie Comer as Marguerite and Ridley Scott's wonderful visual sense of grandeur. I would never have greenlit this movie with a $100 million budget (and a script that is rumored to be at least an hour longer than the final product) as a producer, but I'm glad it's here. It's a hard film, but I think it's ultimately very worthwhile.

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