Bullet Train Review – All Aboard the Crazy Train

Bullet Train

Bullet Train is best described as a Tarantino film in its style and delivery. In other words, it features a non-chronological storyline, gangsters and assassins, funky music, witty dialogue, and violence galore. However, the thing that makes Bullet Train so darn entertaining is its distinct cast of eccentric characters. The interactions between the characters supply an endless amount of amusement and excitement. 

Of course, at the center of all the interactions is Brad Pitt’s character, Ladybug. This zen-like, peace-loving, smash-and-grabber tries to harmonize with those he meets on the train. He’s like a fish-out-of-water with people who don’t quite share his ideals—that’s where a ton of the comedy comes from. It also helps that Brad Pitt plays this role perfectly. The timing, delivery, and tone of his outstanding dialogue are second-to-none.

One can say the same thing about Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry—who are also equally phenomenal as Lemon and Tangerine. Taylor-Johnson and Henry’s chemistry is on-point, and their journey through the train provides some of the film’s best moments. Even though Ladybug is the main character, Lemon and Tangerine are the two most important characters in the movie. Not only do they interact with everyone the most, but also they progress Bullet Train along while providing loads of entertainment along the way. A pretty tall task, but Taylor-Johnson and Henry are up to the task.

Bullet Train is an adrenaline ride that injects chaos and fun into almost every conceivable vein.

It’s just unfortunate that some of the other principal actors in the cast do not get as much light shown on them as Ladybug, Lemon, and Tangerine. Characters like The Hornet (Zazie Beetz), Kimura (Andrew Koji), The Son (Logan Lerman), The Wolf (Bad Bunny), and The Elder (Hiroyuki Sanada) are all relegated to brief appearances and cameos. Granted, they have individual moments where they shine, but it’s still a shame that they didn’t have more to do.

As for the storyline, Bullet Train tries to weave this simple but intricate plot involving the cast of characters on the train. There are times when the mysteries presented are easy to figure out, and there are those that will catch you off guard. It’s a mixed bag, but the film is still a joy to watch. At the same time, David Leitch carefully orchestrates and packs the film with some fresh (and funny) action sequences I’ve never seen before on screen.

Overall, Bullet Train is an adrenaline ride that injects chaos and fun into almost every conceivable vein. While the film is not perfect by any means, the amount of pure entertainment outweighs the negatives. It’s the best way to cap off the summer blockbuster season.

Rating: 4/5 atoms

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