Ridley Scott Blames Millennials And Their 'F**king Cellphones' For His Latest Movie Flopping
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Ridley Scott is not one bit happy with young people at the moment and he's blaming them for The Last Duel not doing well at the box office.
The film, starring Jodie Comer, Matt Damon and Adam Driver and Ben Affleck, is a historical drama that dives into the story of a knight who challenges his friend to a judicial duel after his wife claims the friend raped her.
The two and a half hour long epic has failed to bring in the big bucks after premiering in the middle of last month.
Despite the movie costing $100 million to make, it's so far only pulled in $28 million at the box office.
While there are plenty of reasons why the story might not have attracted loads of viewers, director Ridley Scott reckons he knows what has happened.
Speaking on comedian Marc Maron's WTF podcast, Scott said: "I think what it boils down to - what we've got today [is] the audience who were brought up on these f***ing cellphones.
"The millennian, [who] do not ever want to be taught anything unless you told it on the cellphone."
"This is a broad stroke, but I think we're dealing with it right now with Facebook. This is a misdirection that has happened where it's given the wrong kind of confidence to this latest generation, I think."
While it might not have brought in viewers to cinemas, the people who have seen it say it's fantastic.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has an 85 per cent critic rating and an 81 per cent audience rating, which is pretty good these days.
The site's critical consensus states: "The Last Duel's critique of systemic misogyny isn't as effective as it might have been, but it remains a well-acted and thought-provoking drama infused with epic grandeur."
While the audience wrap-up says: "If you don't mind its somewhat repetitive story structure, The Last Duel is an exciting, well-acted period drama that leaves you with plenty to think about."
That's pretty decent feedback and the reason why people might not be going to see could be down to things that aren't related to an entire generation.
Some people are still navigating how they feel post-pandemic and whether they want to sit in a theatre with loads of people for hours.
There have also been some absolute blockbuster films released in recent weeks and that might be taking away audiences from The Last Duel.