Magazine November 15, 2021, Issue

The Last Duel Is a Movie for Grown-Ups

Matt Damon and Jodie Comer in The Last Duel (2021 20th Century Studios)

I have been waiting a long time to review the new Dune adaptation that has every nerd’s heart aflutter at the moment — 30 years since I first read the Frank Herbert novel, several years since the Denis Villeneuve movie was announced, then an extra year because the COVID pandemic denied us Dune at the appointed time, along with everything else.

But waiting is good for the soul, and I’ll write about Dune next issue. For this issue, I have an exhortation. If you read this column regularly you know that one of its themes is the disappearance of popular moviemaking

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This article appears as “Dueling Accounts” in the November 15, 2021, print edition of National Review.

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