Review: ‘The Last Duel’ is a Stirring Medieval Tale of an Attempt to Find Justice

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The Last Duel opens with two men and a woman preparing for the titular duel. As the men are fitted with armor and mount their horses, the woman is dressed in a somber black outfit.

Just as the duel starts and the men begin to joust, the film looks back to explain the events that led these three people to this fateful day.

This historical drama is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Eric Jager which tells the story of the last judicial duel fought in France in the year 1386. I

Perhaps his marriage to the daughter of a known traitor to the crown, Marguerite de Thibouville (Jodie Comer), had not helped matters.

Tensions between the two men came to a head when Carrouges formally challenged Le Gris to a duel for raping his wife while he was gone from his home.

The Last Duel is not a perfect film. It runs a bit long and there’s a moment of foreshadowing using horses that’s annoyingly obvious and unnecessary.

However, it’s leagues better than I could have expected when the project was first announced.

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