After ‘Last Duel,’ ban Matt Damon and Ben Affleck from writing


It’s been 24 years since Matt Damon and Ben Affleck final collaborated on a film script. 

Let’s make it 100 subsequent time!

The unbearable new movie from the “Good Will Hunting” duo, “The Last Duel,” doesn’t make a powerful argument for them as a few of our best scribes. It does, nonetheless, torment viewers with nails-on-the-chalkboard writing and the tempo of the World’s Slowest Snail. 

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Running time: 152 minutes. Rated R (sturdy violence together with sexual assault, sexual content material, some graphic nudity, and language). In theaters.

Or escargot, I suppose, because the film is about in medieval France. Damon performs a knight named Jean and Affleck is a strong Count who seems like Will Ferrell’s Mugatu character from “Zoolander.” 

After Jean will get in a tiff over land with a noble known as Le Gris (Adam Driver), the piggish Count sides with Le Gris and quickly begins to choose his company to the knight’s. 

Up up to now, the film is mainly a turgid, dude-heavy model of Yorgos Lanthimos’ sensible “The Favourite,” however with none of its humor, panache or, ya know, good performing.

You’ll want a flashlight to make it by way of. It’s not technically shot in black and white, however director Ridley Scott comes awfully near grayscale.

In “The Last Duel,” Ben Affleck tries blond hair on for dimension a la Mugatu from “Zoolander.”
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Things flip even darker when the fierce new spouse of Jean, Marguerite (Jodie Comer), is raped by Le Gris in her own residence, and her husband is pressured to defend her and his honor in a duel to show her innocence. 

Critics will give this dud a cross due to the relevancy of the abuse plot. Don’t consider them. Degreasing a range is a extra gratifying technique to spend your Saturday evening.

Hoping the performing prowess of Damon and Affleck would possibly save their shoddy textual content? Désolé, mon frères. The voices, made posh as a result of France, are much less animated than many satellite tv for pc navigation techniques. Although separated by centuries, Damon is similar monotonous meathead that he was in “Stillwater,” and Affleck, whose bleach-blond hair may be the results of a freak shampoo accident, is essentially the most ambivalent fop to ever grace a display.

For his half, Driver is admittedly testing the bounds of how usually he can ship the very same efficiency from “Girls.” It’s a scrumptious signature dish, to make sure, however he can’t coast on it eternally.

The redeeming issue right here is Comer — trapped, victimized and blamed — who transposes her “Killing Eve” edge completely to much less attractive 1300s Europe. Too dangerous her dramatic complication comes so late and after so many yawns.

Next order of business: Take away all writing utensils from Damon and Affleck’s properties. Leave no laptop computer, typewriter, pen, pencil, quill or telegraph behind. Batman and Jason Bourne have to be stopped.

Adam Driver (left) and Matt Damon play rival Frenchmen in “The Last Duel.”
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