The Last Duel

Director: Ridley Scott
Year Released: 2021
Rating: 1.0

Way, way back in the gloomy and gray 14th century, Sir Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon) and Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver) were very good friends - in fact, Sir Jean saved Jacques' life - but as time went on they turned into mortal enemies when Le Gris was accused of sexually assaulting Sir Jean's wife Marguerite de Carrouges (Jodie Comer), which led to them to take part in what's considered the final "trial by combat" officially conducted in France.  Scott chooses to break this up into three parts - the first part is from Damon's character's perspective, the second from Driver's and the last from Comer's - but that just seems to bloat this exhausting homage to a certain Japanese filmmaker up even more since it privileges her story over all others (in her view, all men are animals, which just plays into the trendy #MeToo demonization of an entire gender).  Scott directed a very fine movie some forty years ago called The Duellists which now seems even better in retrospect ... because you only had to watch it once.