The first reviews for Matt Damon’s Irish-shot movie have arrived following its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
erdicts are mixed among the dozen or so critics who saw historical epic The Last Duel at the festival.
Matt Damon famously spent the first lockdown with his family in Dalkey, Co Dublin, when production was halted as the Covid-19 pandemic first hit.
The first reviews came out as the film’s stars took to the red carpet. They included Ben Affleck, who confirmed his rekindled relationship with Jennifer Lopez by bringing her to the premiere.
“Exists primarily as an excuse for a bunch of charismatic stars to ride horses and snarl at each other by candlelight en route to a genuinely exciting duelling-douchebag climax,” was film publication The Playlist’s verdict on the movie.
According to Screen International, “The Last Duel is crushed by the weight of its own armour.”
“By the time the film gets round to showing its hand as an episode of Medieval #MeToo, it has numbed us with so much flash and fustian that the heart of the story has almost been drowned,” wrote The Guardian’s film critic.
However, Indiewire gave the movie the thumbs up, writing: “The Last Duel reveals itself as something all too rare on the current Hollywood field of battle: an intelligent and genuinely daring big budget melee that is – above all else – the product of recognisable artistic collaboration.”
Adam Driver, Ben Affleck and Killing Eve star Jodie Comer also star in the movie, directed by Ridley Scott.
Production subsequently resumed in several locations throughout Ireland including Bective Abbey in Co Meath and period locations in Tipperary and Dublin.
Adapted from the bestselling book of the same name, The Last Duel is set in 14th-century France and tells of two friends who are ordered to fight to the death when one of them is accused of raping the other’s wife.
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Matt Damon’s new film shot in Ireland receives mixed reviews at Venice Film Festival – nonenglishfeed