Matt Damon and Adam Driver throw down the gauntlet in The Last Duel trailer

Little White Lies is committed to championing great movies and the talented people who make them. Though that film will hit US theaters in November, he’ll first reenter multiplexes come October with his medieval epic The Last Duel, the first trailer for which appeared online just this morning. The swords-and-armor action from Kingdom of Heaven, the murder-as-spectacle of Gladiator, and the creative facial hair of Robin Hood all combine to form another greyish, hard-bitten vision of the past. Egged on by the Count Pierre d’Alencon (a towheaded Ben Affleck, already…

Night of the Kings

But just as things start meandering the film quickly returns to its main focus and those incursions into mysticism eventually do pay off. Lacôte leads the audience’s emotions and entertainment like a skilled conductor to his orchestra. This mix of timelines and styles suddenly becomes quite jarring and the CGI used is not very convincing – it risks taking you out of the story completely. The real-life Zama named his gang Les Microbes after the gang in Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund’s City of God. And soon enough, that initial…