Jodie Comer marvels at Bloody Medieval Epic

Jodie Comer appears as an early Oscar frontrunner in Ridley Scott’s bloody medieval epic, The last duel. The film is adapted from the book by Eric Jagger and tells the story of the historical events that led to a lawsuit in a fight between the French knight Jean de Carrouges and the slingshot Jacques Le Gris. Who was accused of rape by Marguerite de Carrouges. The last duel told in a Rashomon-style narrative in which the sexual assault is viewed from different perspectives. The wild fight scenes, feudal politics and religious patriarchy are fascinating. But a sharp problem becomes apparent early on. The last duel marginalizes the victim by making her a part of the story purely reactionary.

In the late 14th century Normandy, Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon) is known as a fierce warrior with an impassable personality. His stubborn demeanor and battlefield tactics were not appreciated by his vassal lord, the hedonistic Count Pierre d’Alençon (Ben Affleck). Whereas the beautiful virgin Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver) was widely admired for its intelligence and perseverance. The men were loyal allies on the battlefield. A relationship that changed dramatically after an arranged marriage.

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The Beautiful Marguerite of Thibouville (Jodie Comer), educated and sophisticated, came from a family with a troubled name. Her father was reviled for a previous violation of the French monarchy. Marguerite’s considerable dowry was a valuable prize. A marriage to Jean de Carrouges gave him money and cleared her family name … if she could get a male heir. The fighting thirst and prey constantly pulls Jean de Carrouges away from his home. He returns from Scotland to a desperate Marguerite. Jacques Le Gris visited her while he was away.

The last duel has a high production value. Manager Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator) immerses you in all aspects of Norman life. The gentlemen and ladies at court stand next to the serfs working on the ground. But everyone owes money to a higher up that can cause a bit of variation. Jean de Carrouge’s inability to serve his master proves enormously harmful. While Jacque Le Gris’ skillful manipulation adds power. I found the political plot to be quite interesting. Limbs chopped off by swords, eyeballs chopped and amazing shocks were all expected. Scott’s deep dive into the feudal system was a pleasant surprise.

A woman in the Middle Ages had no opportunity for justice against sexual violence, except through a man who was willing to fight for her. Puts them both in danger of a horrible death. Jodie Comer is sensational in a brave performance. She does not get near enough screen time, but makes a profound impact. Two-thirds of the action has the male protagonists dictating what happened to her. This is done on purpose to a degree. The last duel wants to show the evil behavior of the church and the misogynistic social construction that devalued women. Then gives her the shortest chapter to express the horror of being brutally raped and its terrible aftermath. An oversight that shows the filmmakers did not follow the lessons they were trying to learn. The last duel is produced by Pearl Street Films and Scott Free Productions. It will be released theatrically on October 15 from 20th Century Studios.

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