Bottom line, better writers know how to get exposition out of the way before the big action scene. Lesser writers don't. Misplaced exposition is a failure of writing; extended driver staring is a failure of directing. And IMO, it all starts with the writing. Johnson was trying to turn all the conventions he could on their heads. IMO, given the context--that he was directing the second act of a three-act play--he was largely unsuccessful. And I fear the entire trilogy, when all is said and done, will be sadly out of balance because of it.