Today we finally got our first look at one of my most eagerly anticipated films of 2021 and one of the movies I’m most curious about. “The Last Duel” is the new film from director Ridley Scott which automatically puts it on my must-see list. Not because all of his films are great, but because I always find his work interesting and have enjoyed far more of his movies than not. Adding to the intrigue, its written by Nicole Holofcener, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck. Cap it off with a cast that includes Damon, Affleck, Adam Driver, and Jodie Comer.
The story is based on Eric Jager’s 2004 book about the last recorded Trial By Combat duel in France. Set in the 14th century, a mullet-topped Matt Damon accuses his squire Adam Driver of raping his wife Comer. Driver’s character denies the claim which leads to the eponymous duel to the death. Scott is no stranger to period epics and I love the brutal setting. I’ll admit I did snicker a bit at Damon’s mop and Affleck’s all-blonde look. But I’m all-in with this and I hope it reaches its enormous potential.
“The Last Duel” hits theaters October 15th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.