Bullet Train Review

Bullet Train is directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2, Nobody) and features an ensemble cast including Brad Pitt, Brian Tyree Henry and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

Bullet Train is best described as a Tarantino film in its style and delivery featuring 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. 

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. It 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. 

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. It’s a mixed bag, but the film is still a joy to watch.

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.

Bullet Train releases in U.S. theaters on August 5, 2022. 

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