Lambcast #608 The Last Duel (aka “the Ending of The Last Duel Explained”)

by Richard Kirkham · November 2, 2021 · Featured, LAMBcast · No Comments

Usually the arrival of a film from Ridley Scott would be heralded by much ado and pomp and circumstance. This is the man who brought us “Alien”, “Blade Runner”, “Thelma and Louise”, “Black Hawk Down”, “Gladiator” and “The Martian”. However he also brought us “Legend”, “Prometheus”, “The Counselor” and “Exodus: Gods and Kings”. So which film maker will we be seeing here, the visual stylist who dazzles with amazing images and scenes, or the guy who brought us another version of “Robin Hood” without having a reason to do so?

Adam Driver as Jacques LeGris and Matt Damon as Jean de Carrouges in 20th Century Studios’ THE LAST DUEL. Photo by Patrick Redmond. © 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Economic evaluations are in before we even got a chance to think about it. The film was moved a couple times and we kept it in the second assigned location so our Halloween MOTM could actually be presented to you in October. That meant there was a two week delay between the debut of this film and this podcast. At this point it is clear the film will be a financial disaster, but since it is being released by the shell company created when Disney acquired 20th Century Fox, the tax accountants will almost certainly find a way to wash all the red ink off the books. Our concern is with the artistic, and we have an appropriate cast of Lords and Ladies to talk about this medieval #MeToo film. 

The story is based on an actual historic incident, which was in fact the last time that trial by combat was used by a European nation. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon reconnect to script the film with an assist from Nicole Holofcener. Originally, Affleck was to play the part that Adam Driver took over, but he remains in the cast as a French Nobleman with a stake in the outcome of this contest over credibility. Jodie Comer plays the wife of Damon’s character who accuses the former friend of her husband, played by Driver, of rape. 


After a long, spoiler free discussion, our cast of Lambs including Catherine Gonzales, Rachel Wagner, James Wilson and Howard Casner play a game, not of thrones but of duels. We also have the usual dip into Rants/Raves/Reviews. If you are wondering why the film’s ending needs an explanation, you have to listen to the end of this show to find out.


Discussion   2:50

Lambscores   48:00

Rants/Raves/Reviews   51:00

Duel to Ten   1:06:15

Plugs   1:15:10


Catherine   Shuffle Online

Rachel   Rachel’s Reviews   

Howard   Pop Art  

James   Blogging By Cinema Light   

Richard   KAMAD  

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