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    Last Duel was pretty damn good, it’s a bit of a drag during the 2nd act, but the 3rd act brings it all home. I absolutely loved the 3 different versions of what happened. Each character having their own version of the same events/ different perspective didn’t slow things down. It was long, but the story is damn good and everyone keeps you intrigued. Everyone brought their A game, but Comer is clearly the MVP here and it’s a shame she’s being put in lead. I mean I guess I understand why, but she really doesn’t have much to do until the third act. If she was put in supporting, she’d have a much better chance at not only a nomination, but a possible win too. She is damn good and I can’t believe I’m about to say this next statement. Ben Affleck was surprisingly good! He’s better than both Damon and Driver. The accents aren’t great, but not terrible to where it takes you out of the story. It’s very nostalgic in the Gladiator vibes and I can see this being a contender for Costume Design, Editing, and MAYBE supporting actor, if they put Jodie in supporting there’s no doubt she’s in.

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    why doesn’t Jodie Comer just go supporting and call it a day?

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    Damon and Driver were so bad in this. I knew Damon was stiff, but didn’t think he would be THAT stiff. Comer is ravishing to watch, but the script let’s her down and her character wasn’t as complex as I hope it would be.

    Michelle Williams Oscar campaign manager.

    FYC:
    Picture: The Power of the Dog, Spencer
    Director: Jane Campion, Pablo Larraín
    Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch
    Actress: Kristen Stewart
    Supporting Actress: Kirsten Dunst, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rebecca Ferguson
    Supporting Actor: Kodi Smit-McPhee
    Best Original Screenplay: Spencer
    Best Adapted Screenplay: The Power of the Dog
    Best Cinematography: The Power of the Dog, Spencer, Last Night in Soho

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    I agree somewhat. Damon was Hammy and didn’t even try with any type of accent, like at all. Awful to watch at times. I enjoyed Driver though. I thought he was great in this. I’m exaggerating about Affleck, but thought he was the best next to Comer. It was like a parody of a Game Of Thrones episode but with bad script and great acting. Everyone but Damon

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    IndieWire’s Kate Erbland interviewed Comer: Jodie Comer dominates ‘The Last Duel’ by shattering everything audiences expect from the ‘Movie Wife’: https://www.indiewire.com/2021/10/jodie-comer-the-last-duel-interview-1234670883/

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    • Some highlights from Erbland’s interview with Comer (part 1): Needless to say, there’s a valid reason why Marguerite is undeveloped in the film’s first two chapters, which are blinded by male ego and its jilted perspective. But by the time the film works up to the final chapter, Marguerite is the real star, and so is Comer. It’s the sort of juicy, tricky role any performer would relish playing, but Comer said there was a personal edge to the work that helped fuel it even further. “Even when I got announced for the role, people were like, ‘Oh, she’s playing the wife. It’s about a duel. She’s going to be doing the cooking and the cleaning and then probably not saying very little,’” she said. “And, in [Jean and Jacques’] perspective, she is pretty much doing that, because that’s how they see her, but then you get the payoff at the end. I thought that was really, really clever.”
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    More from the IndieWire interview with Comer, Part 2: Comer said that little about the script and its unique format changed during production, though one tweak ensured that its overall perspective remained unimpeachable. Each section of the film opens with intertitles that introduce which character is performing this particular telling, starting with “The Truth According to Jean de Carrouges,” followed by “The Truth According to Jean Le Gris,” and finally, “The Truth According to Marguerite de Carrouges.” But before Marguerite’s story starts, part of the intertitles fade away, until only “The Truth” is left, blazing on the big screen. “I think that was always the intention for all of us,” Comer said. “I think that was actually a decision made in post, when they were editing the movie together, especially in regards to how long that stays, and it stays there for a little while before it fades, which I loved. But we just always wanted and needed people to come away from watching this movie thinking, ‘I know that her story was the truth.’”

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    More from the IndieWire interview with Comer, Part 2: Comer said that little about the script and its unique format changed during production, though one tweak ensured that its overall perspective remained unimpeachable. Each section of the film opens with intertitles that introduce which character is performing this particular telling, starting with “The Truth According to Jean de Carrouges,” followed by “The Truth According to Jean Le Gris,” and finally, “The Truth According to Marguerite de Carrouges.” But before Marguerite’s story starts, part of the intertitles fade away, until only “The Truth” is left, blazing on the big screen. “I think that was always the intention for all of us,” Comer said. “I think that was actually a decision made in post, when they were editing the movie together, especially in regards to how long that stays, and it stays there for a little while before it fades, which I loved. But we just always wanted and needed people to come away from watching this movie thinking, ‘I know that her story was the truth.’”

    Yeah that was such a bad decision. It would have been so much better to just imply that. As it is, there was really no reason to have the first two parts at all if the only thing of worth they provide is to show that both men are slimy assholes, a point which got across in the final part well enough.

    FYC - Oscars 2022:
    NINE DAYS in all categories, including:
    - Best Picture
    - Best Director
    - Best Original Screenplay
    - Best Actor (Winston Duke)
    - Best Supporting Actress (Zazie Beetz)
    - Best Supporting Actor (Benedict Wong)

    RIDERS OF JUSTICE:
    - Best Picture
    - Best Original Screenplay
    - Best Actor (Mads Mikkelsen)
    - Best Supporting Actor (Nicolas Bro)

    Letterboxd: Ray_In_Bruges

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    This movie has gotten better reviews than I had anticipated.

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    Ben Affleck being the male MVP of the movie over Adam Driver is the plot twist of the year i didn’t anticipate.

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    Ben Affleck being the male MVP of the movie over Adam Driver is the plot twist of the year i didn’t anticipate.

    Driver is miscast.

    Michelle Williams Oscar campaign manager.

    FYC:
    Picture: The Power of the Dog, Spencer
    Director: Jane Campion, Pablo Larraín
    Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch
    Actress: Kristen Stewart
    Supporting Actress: Kirsten Dunst, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rebecca Ferguson
    Supporting Actor: Kodi Smit-McPhee
    Best Original Screenplay: Spencer
    Best Adapted Screenplay: The Power of the Dog
    Best Cinematography: The Power of the Dog, Spencer, Last Night in Soho

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    I can’t believe you guys think Adam Driver was bad in this! I thought he was the best of the cast, lol. Anyway, I found Affleck cartoonish and his hair was distracting. The film was okay for me, but I found the three parts a bit repetitive. Comer was great of course (big “Killing Eve” fan here), but in my opinion there is a bit too much graphic violence in this movie to appeal to the Academy. There were 8 people in my afternoon screening, ouch!

    Awards prospect: Best Actress (I wish she went supporting though), an outside possibility in Costume Design and Sound.

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    I, too, have to echo that I do understand the dislike for Adam, I thought his presence and look held up really well in the film. I really liked to know why he was a miscast. Affleck gave a good performance, but I must have seen a different performance compared to the pundits shouting for him to win an oscar, he was a good comic relief but his “raves” are giving me the same taste of when Malek won his oscar.

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    Domestic box office prospects on opening weekend is looking to be a bit of a disaster for a film whose budget is north of $200M.

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    Domestic box office prospects on opening weekend is looking to be a bit of a disaster for a film whose budget is north of $200M.

    Where do you see 200M for this? There’s no way this cost 200 million to make. Are you including marketing or something?

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