This movie and overview comprise content material about sexual assault.
The Final Duel is the retelling of a real story of a lady who stood towards her rapist in a time the place standing up would have price her her life. I had excessive hopes writers Nicole Holofcener & Ben Affleck & Matt Damon would select to make use of the title as a metaphor. Signifying a stronger age within the protection of standing with victims of sexual assault. Regardless of a couple of sturdy performances, I’m unhappy to say I really feel disillusioned in what the title was talking to me about.
Directed by Ridley Scott, The Final Duel tells the story from three views which might be all barely completely different from one another. Entitled “The Fact of…” with distinctive highlights, every half showcases a basic fault of people that simply since you suppose one thing occurred in a specific method doesn’t imply it truly occurred that method. When it comes to a method to inform a narrative, it’s very distinctive, and it showcases every of the principle actors’ strengths. Regardless of this, the fractured construction usually works towards the movie. As an alternative of utilizing a lady’s trauma to develop a feminine perspective, this story makes use of it to show males a lesson on perspective.
The Final Duel relies on a non-fiction e-book by Eric Jager, and whereas I don’t understand how shut the variation is, I want we had seen extra of a nuanced feminine perspective. From the angle of Jacque Le Gris (Adam Driver), we see girls cower from him and Depend Pierre d’Alençon (Ben Affleck) within the courts. From the angle of Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon), a lot of the girls barely register. None of them got here again to the sunshine after we comply with Jean’s spouse Marguerite (Jodie Comer). Due to that, most of the girls come off as objects reasonably than folks.
All it might have taken is having a type of girls coming to Marguerite and voicing their assist. Personal or in any other case, generally that’s all it takes. You possibly can argue all day lengthy a couple of agency adaptation, and sticking in medieval occasions. That doesn’t negate the story you might be telling to the modern-day viewers. The movie opens with the textual content, “primarily based on true occasions”, which implies they’ll modify particulars to suit the timeline of the movie.
For a 153-minute movie, a whole lot of time is devoted to specializing in completely different male views and isolating the sufferer. Which, girls have been remoted in medieval occasions. However that’s not the story Hollywood ought to be selecting to inform proper now. Within the modern-day world, the place extra victims are telling their tales, a selection ought to be made to give attention to the fitting story to inform. Particularly in a movie that so blatantly defines Marguerite as a sufferer of rape. Give Marguerite a feminine voice of assist, as an alternative of her narcissistic husband involved along with his standing in courtroom.
When it comes to the rape scenes, they have been too graphic for the wants of the story. The presentation from each Jacques and Marguerite’s views is pretty shut, from any interpretation. Marguerite screams “no” in each views. The rape is just barely extra graphic from Marguerite’s perspective. The scenes are so shut, it’s irritating to give attention to Le Gris having an orgasm twice whereas raping Marguerite. Once more, the medieval focus would point out the person ought to be the main target, however let’s return and spotlight medieval. There’s no cause the telling must give attention to him. That is imagined to be instructed from Marguerite’s perspective.
With my grievances apart, the performances in The Final Duel of Driver and Comer are astounding. I walked out of the movie seething with rage at Jacques, and it’s as a result of Driver completely captures the corruptness of his character. Nevertheless, it’s Comer that stands out absolutely the most. To have the ability to articulate three completely different characters, the loving spouse, the flirtatious one prepared to cheat, and the true medieval girl who has secret passions – all in the identical movie – is extraordinary. She fights to deliver Marguerite’s voice to gentle, regardless of the male voices constantly shouting over her.
When it comes to set design and costumes, there’s nothing much less spectacular than seeing the marvel of 14th-century French design. The movie feels such as you’ve stepped again in time, and Scott capitalizes on every second of grandeur a scene gives. Regardless of this truth, Damon’s mullet, and lack of something resembling on the very least a non-American accent can and can take you out of the film.
General, The Final Duel is just not one for the ages. It takes non-linear storytelling and tries to put it to use so as to inform a compelling story. However in enjoying with construction, it makes the error of pushing its feminine perspective to the aspect. Of the scripts I might need Damon and Affleck to reunite for, this isn’t the one. It’ll absolutely come into the dialog for Oscars and the like. However I hope folks understand how a lot of a change must be made when speaking about rape on display screen. – Katie Rentschler
The Final Duel is in theaters now.
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