Big Kill Reviews
The many quiet dialogue scenes versus big action in Big Kill, are to establish character and affinity for these classic western types. That is, before they all shoot each other up in the street.
The film is intentionally over-stylized in showing western tropes, both in character and in plot. This, the critics have pounced upon, as if the film were not self aware. I mean the set is smaller than a high school campus. When the bad guys and good guys go to their respective corners, you'd assume they could hear each other plotting from a few hundred feet away. This adds to the stage-like and stylized atmosphere, but no so much to break the illusion of nor ridicule the source material. After all, this not so much a depiction of the old west, but the old western movie.
It is refreshing to see a film where characters, even though each represents a classic western type versus any unique persona, talk to each other and show sincere emotion.
Hard to see the film finding an audience with comic books passing for literature these days, and cgi passing for high art.