Appearances can be... deceptive.
Something that's annoyed me about Ridley Scott's recent work is how obligatory every shot feels; he puts multiple cameras here and there just because he knows that's where they should be. This isn't inherently a problematic way of shooting, but considering the man made Alien and Blade Runner, I can't deny this autopilot style of filmmaking where shots merely serve to cover a scene just irks me a little.
However, The Last Duel really benefits from this. The Rashomon style…
Leading up to its release, I've jokingly called this the most expensive student film ever made, but having seen it, I do sincerely believe it is the most expensive student film ever made.
As per the tradition of student films, its director(s) attempts to tackle subject matter that they're far from being able to explore with any form of nuance because of their inherent juvenilia; yes, they may have personal experiences or seen stuff related to said subject matter, but…
Man, this film absolutely rocks. Peter Yates is so calm and quietly assured in his craft and rhythms, and effortlessly got me sucked into its world and the characters that inhabit said world to the point that I could've spent hours more just watching these guys have meetings in public areas and struggle with their distinctly working class problems (something of which struck me as very authentic in how it's portrayed).
And to state the obvious, Robert Mitchum's the GOAT.