Die in a Gunfight Review: Dead on Arrival

Die in a Gunfight

“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” Now, how many times have you heard those words spoken throughout your life? How many times have you seen an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet?” My guess is a lot. However, if you’re looking for a modern stylish version of “Romeo and Juliet,” then Die in a Gunfight is just for you. Adopting Guy Ritchie’s trademark aesthetic, director Collin Schiffli’s hyper-stylized approach utilizes every trick in the playbook. Everything from split screens to freeze frames to fast-motion and everything in between.

Writers Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari’s screenplay has been on Hollywood’s blacklist for about a decade. Not to mention, several notable actors were attached to star at different points in time. Even looking at the long list of executive producers reveals the effort it took to get this made. Unfortunately, Barrer and Ferrari should’ve spent that time giving the script a much-needed updated polish. For all of its modern flourishes, the film feels dated. At the same time, the foundations of the story don’t deviate far from the original, even though it acts as if it’s giving us something new. People have known this story for several centuries, and the audience is not stupid. Thus, instead of giving us something new, Barrer and Ferrari were more interested in filling this world with quirky, unconventional characters.

Die in a Gunfight is stylish and is nice to look at, but this is one of those films that’s all style and no substance.

The dialogue itself is nothing but exposition and filler as well. The endgame is well-known, but the film tries to stretch itself out to a 96-minute runtime. It’s not very good when the best lines in the Gunfight are used in the trailer. Despite all that, it seems as if everybody has nothing to say, yet none of them can stay quiet either.   

Nevertheless, Diego Boneta and Alexandra Daddario are charming together. Not to mention, Travis Fimmel and Justin Chatwin are entertaining to watch despite not having much to work with. Unfortunately, the mysterious Wade Allain-Marcus, who was positioned to be the wildcard in the mix (think Charlie from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), becomes pretty dull after a while.

Overall, Die in a Gunfight is stylish and is nice to look at, but this is one of those films that’s all style and no substance. However, if you don’t expect much and take it for the eye-candy that it is, then the film is surprisingly entertaining. You’ll be entertained for 96-minutes then forget about it immediately after. Because Die in a Gunfight is something we’ve seen plenty of times before. Thus, there is nothing that sets this apart from the many Romeo and Juliet adaptations in existence. 

Rating: 2.5/5 atoms

Die in a Gunfight hits select theaters and On Demand on July 16th.

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