Blah blah blah.
Yes, it was long, but not as long as the Illiad (which I’ve never read, but now sortof want to). Yes there are long periods of the film where no one gets killed. Yes, Brad Pitt is not the most obviously, physically emotive actor you’ve seen – but do you want to understand the character he is portraying, or are you just hoping the camera will angle a little lower, cutting his face from the shot and revealing his … dangly bits? Have you seen Meet Joe Black? Have you seen 12 Monkeys? Brad Pitt has range, and skill, and can play more than one character. The way he is performing here is intentional.
So, if Brad Pitt’s performance is clearly intentional, then it is your job, as the audience, to read the layers of the character he is portraying. So he isn’t telegraphing everything, isn’t playing a clean-cut good or evil character, isn’t following an obvious path or motivation… that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to him. Watch it again. What does he want in this scene? What has changed from the prior one? Engage your mind. This isn’t really just a popcorn action movie, all action, no character, no plot.
Anyway, I’m tired. I’m gonna go lay down. Night.