However, there were scenes in the desert, pushing the action towards its ultimate high noon, which caught my attention.
Other critics have dismissed it all as finally descending into silliness or, at best, surreal bizarreness. But my Pagan eyes found something wonderfully Morrighan-like in the sudden appearance of Louise.
There was undoubtedly an air of the uncanny about her. While I was interpreting her as the Goddess of War, others have used her presence to call this a Western set in a more Christian limbo. Are we absolutely certain that both veteran soldiers are still alive? They're not just sorting out their differences before one or either can pass into Heaven?
And is Louise not the Devil in disguise, come to take the last vestiges of their lives, before rushing them into a conclusion?
Until now, it was difficult to see how this movie was going to end, without one of them just killing the other. Given the cat and mouse nature of the storyline thus far, that may have appeared anticlimactic.
Instead, you get Angelica Huston's character resplendent in red and black, setting up a tableau which had to bring it all to a dramatic close. I enjoyed that part. It redeemed the rest and elevated the movie into a slightly higher category.
It finally made me question if there was more here than meets the eye, after all there was also the strange appearance of the old man at the watering hole. Then the missionaries before that.
Straight down the line Western adventure? Or the ghosts of the Civil War playing out their trauma in a barren landscape? You decide!