Ridley Scott is rightfully admired by film fans and critics alike. British director responsible for landmark films. You may have heard of them. Movies like Alien (1979) and its iconic blend of horror and science fiction. The Seminal Blade Runner (1982), starring Harrison Ford as the protagonist hunting for cyborgs known as clones. He is responsible for the hit film The Martian, based on the novel by Andy Weir, starring Matt Damon. But Scott hasn’t been so gentle lately.
The 83-year-old isn’t pleased with the record of The Last Duel, which hits theaters in mid-October. Starring Matt Damon and Adam Driver, who play knights in medieval France, The Last Duel tells a complicated story in three parts, when one of the men is accused of rape.
It stars rising British actress Jodie Comer as Marguerite, the wife of Matt Damon’s knight Jean de Carrouges, who accuses Adam Driver’s cop, Jacques Le Gris, of rape, but he denied. There is also political intrigue and Ben Affleck has a supporting role as Count Pierre d’Alençon. The story is based on a true event, notable for being the last officially recognized judicial match to take place in France. As you might expect from the name of the movie, there are some duels involved.
However, The Last Duel bombed. The film had a budget of $100 million but only grossed $27 million worldwide, at the box office. Perhaps this poor performance has something to do with the pandemic, as moviegoers may still be hesitant to return to cinemas. Perhaps it is something to do with time. It could be because of the movie’s heavy subject matter, or the length (2.5 hours), or simply that many people didn’t even know the movie existed perhaps due to inadequate marketing. But Ridley Scott decided to blame millennials and their smartphone habits.
The Academy Award-winning director spoke on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast when he made a comment. Explaining the film’s dire box office performance, Scott judged it on the supposedly waning attention of millennials. “I think it sums it up – what we have today [are] the audience was brought up on these damn cell phones. Scott said.
“This is a big deal, but I think we’re working on it right now with Facebook,” continued Scott Hollywood Reporter. “This is a misdirection that has occurred as it has brought misguided beliefs to this latest generation, I think.”
Scott told Maron that he was initially concerned that 20th Century — the Fox studio acquired by Disney in 2017 — would market his film, but this didn’t happen. “Disney has done a great job promoting. The bosses love the movie… I’m concerned it’s not for them,” Scott said on the podcast. However, the director stood by his film and was pleased with the decisions that had been made. “It’s your call,” he said, talking about making The Last Duel. “That is the call of Fox. We all thought it was a great scenario. And we made it. You can’t win all the time. ”
Ridley Scott has another big movie coming up, the biopic House of Gucci, starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, in theaters this week. Here’s hoping the millennial attention span can extend to this.
If I had to be told I was finally awake again, I would flip.
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