Director: David Leitch
Writer/s: Zak Olkewicz, Kôtarô Isaka
Starring: Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, and more.
What do you get when you put Brad Pitt, a shit ton of trained killers, and a briefcase full of money on a Japanese bullet train? I don’t know, but there’s a movie called “Bullet Train” out now and it can tell you! I’ve been hyped for this for a good bit. We’re in an age where Brad Pitt does not give a f$k anymore and is seemingly having the time of his life with the movies he chooses to be in. I, for one, am loving what he’s doing and I’m confident I will enjoy David Leitch’s “Bullet Train.”
“Five assassins aboard a fast moving bullet train find out their missions have something in common.”
Not 14 hours after my viewing of “Bullet Train,” I’m already hearing about some pretty aggressive takes about the movie. Tone discrepancies, unimportant characters, Brad Pitt not putting forth much of an effort as far as the action goes, yadda yadda yadda. Listen, screw those points. Screw the people that are so upset because they were wanting some kind of “Heat”-esque movie or Antoine Fuqua drama. This is an action-comedy. Heavy on the comedy side. It’s fun, it’s entertaining, it’s violent. It is a popcorn movie. Remember? Movies, at their core, are supposed to entertain? Remember that concept? Yeah, it should still exist, and it does. Yet apparently there’s this pocket of watchers that had this expectation that “Bullet Train” was supposed to be some high concept more serious movie. If you want hyper violent comedic mayhem, go watch this on the biggest screen possible.
Now don’t get me wrong. I can agree with the criticisms. Were there tone issues? Absolutely. Were there heavy exposition dumps early in the movie plus flashbacks? Sure, and it was a tad bothersome to me, but I got over it. It is not a flawless action comedy, but it is a highly entertaining action comedy. I had a great time at the theater, and I intend to watch this again in the future. It’s got that kind of value.
It is flooded with quite an impressive cast, which you may find as a positive or negative aspect of the film. Be it what you will. I overall enjoyed just about everyone. By far, Aaron Taylor-Johnson takes his role and runs to the moon with it. I absolutely loved him, and I would kill for a spin-off film with Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Bryan Tyree Henry. I mean, c’mon, they’re twins!!! Otherwise, as I said before, Brad Pitt is very clearly having a blast picking his roles and making hilarious and enjoyable films.
We have plenty of other large names in here playing supporting roles, and also some super fun and special cameos.
“Bullet Train” is going to be a prime example of “Go see it yourself and make your own thoughts.” If you have a hyper critical mind, for whatever reason, you probably won’t like it. For the entertainment-driven viewers, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Check this one out. The cinematic experience adds some flavor to the
watch, but if you’re waiting to watch it from the comfort of your own home, it will still be well worth the watch.
Edited by Abby McNatt
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