Leave it to the old vanguard of Hollywood to blame their failures on anyone else but themselves. This time around it's Ridley Scott, mastermind of amazing movies, who's looking for a scapegoat because his latest film, The Last Duel has bombed.
“I think what it boils down to — what we’ve got today [are] the audiences who were brought up on these fucking cellphones. The millennian [sic] do not ever want to be taught anything unless you’re told it on a cellphone,” Scott said.Old Guy Complaining About Crap
The Last Duel hit theaters exclusively on October 20th and earned $27 million worldwide. The film cost $100 million to make. Scott could blame "millennials" but that's BS. When you look at the competition, it makes sense why this movie didn't stick the landing. Halloween Kills was on screens at that time for its first week. It was a hyped movie for the Halloween holiday and a return to form for the long-running franchise. The Last Duel then had to contend with Daniel Craig's swan song No Time To Die. This latest Bond film had been delayed since April of 2020. Anyone who's a fan of Bond was eagerly waiting to get to see it. Finally, the competition continued with a big-budget revisiting of the classic Dune.
I haven't even brought up the fact that many people are still not comfortable going to the movies. When you do go, the experience usually sucks because others can't behave themselves. Putting all that aside, the movie itself can handle the heavy lifting to turn people off. Here's the movie's one-line synopsis: King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire by challenging him to a duel. This does not inspire me to want to see it.
Perhaps Ridley Scott hasn't considered something that may be obvious: maybe his movie simply sucks.