The last duel
The Last Duel movie
Sure, the movie was 2.5 hours long, but personally, I was never bored for a minute. Part of the intrigue stemmed from my lack of prior knowledge about the plot, which made it take some time to grasp what was happening and why the scenes were edited in that particular manner. However, once I understood the film's structure, it became truly engaging.
The cast was exceptional; Jodie Comer was phenomenal, although I wished she had more screen time. Adam Driver was amazing, as always, and Ben Affleck was the biggest surprise for me in the movie (although there may have been some minor issues with accents, but I can overlook those details).
Now, on to my favorite aspect of any movie, and indeed any period piece—the costume design. I believe the team did an outstanding job. The attention to detail, choice of fabrics, and jewelry all added immensely to the film's authenticity. I appreciated that the costumes felt like genuine clothing, rather than mere costumes, which is often the case in historical films, detracting from the overall atmosphere they aim to create.
In general, I never expected a film set in the 14th century to portray the mindset and societal norms of that era so vividly while also feeling remarkably modern.
As for the ending, I must warn you, spoilers ahead...
I can't express the relief I felt after the final scene, witnessing Marguerite's happiness for the first time as the end credits described how she spent the rest of her life."