Ridley Scott responds to the brutal fiasco in ‘The Last Duel’
In October, the historical drama The Last Duel hit theaters around the world, and while there were names like Matt Damon, Jodie Comer, Adam Driver, and Ben Affleck, it became one of the biggest flip-flops of the year.
With an 86 percent (7.30/10) on the Tomatometer scale and 81% (4/5) as an audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, Ridley Scott’s film (the gladiatorAnd Kingdom of Heaven) very well with critics and audiences. However, the $100 million drama failed to surpass $10.6 million in the United States and $26.2 million worldwide.
“It was very disappointing,” Scott said in a conversation with the New York Times about the outcome. “The most conflicting thing is if you thought you did it right, you didn’t. That’s what you thought with Blade Runner, but you didn’t!”
“I was crucified at the time by a well-known critic at the time named Pauline Kael. Which is why I’ve never read reviews. You have to have your own opinion. If you’re worried about what the audience thinks and what they might want, this is a killer. A good movie will find itself, And now Blade Runner is in the Library of Congress.”
By comparison, Scott seems to say the poor return has something to do with the reviews. On average, however, the film does well with critics.
So perhaps movie audiences have changed in recent years with the arrival of so many superhero movies and other major franchises and historical drama films that attract fewer people to the silver screen.
Appears on December 1 The last duel on Disney + Star. Scott’s new movie will soon appear in cinemas, the critically acclaimed House of Gucci.
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