Close friends who become bitter enemies: This old but proven motif is at the center of the historical epic The Last Duel, which hit cinemas in the fall of 2021 – and despite the star cast and the involvement of director Ridley Scott, flopped colossally before it was seen on Disney +.
But a few days ago the film was released on DVD and Blu-ray: a second chance that film fans should definitely not miss. We’ll tell you why that is.
What is Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel about?
The history strip by Ridley Scott (Gladiator) deals with that last court-ordered duel in medieval France in 1386. The Norman knight Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon) fights for France in the Hundred Years War. On his return he clashes with his friend, the squire Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver), because, to the displeasure of Carrouges, the latter rises in the favor of Count Pierre d’Alençon (Ben Affleck).
A little later, Carrouges marries the daughter of Sir Robert de Thibouville (Nathaniel Parker) named Marguerite (Jodie Comer). When the knight returns home after another battle following a heavy defeat, Marguerite tells him that she raped by Le Gris may be. Le Gris, however, denies the act. Now a life and death duel should decide who is to blame.
One of the best films of the year: Why is The Last Duel worth it?
Although The Last Duel flopped at the box office, the title is considered by genre fans to be real highlight of the last film year. The specialty: Le Gris and Carrouges as well as Marguerite each tell the story once from their perspective.
That doesn’t just bring three different perspectives into the game, but illustrates in a depressing way how little importance is attached to the actual victim of the deed and how much the egos of the two adversaries dominate the event.
Check out the trailer for The Last Duel:
The Last Duel – Trailer (Deutsch) HD
Our colleagues from FILMSTARTS write about it in their review of The Last Duel about the grandiose fight scene of the film:
Ridley Scott stages the last official knight duel in French history with a brute elemental force that is second to none. The bursting of the lances develops a force like a head-on car accident – and when they are wildly thrashed with swords and axes, Matt Damon and Adam Driver also develop an undreamt-of physicality.
Historically, the duel should not serve to save honor, but rather to find the truth – God will see to it that the liar blesses the temporal.
Violent historical epic for home cinema: Now available on DVD and Blu-ray
You can The Last Duel since last week on DVD and Blu-ray at Amazon and other providers:
All versions come on one disc each and without any noteworthy extras.
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