Ian’s review published on Letterboxd:
”You look like every white homeless man I've ever seen.”
I’ve been under the weather for quite a few days now and haven’t had any real motivation to watch much of anything so when I finally decided to sit down and actually watch something; I needed something a bit simplistic and fun and that’s exactly what I got with Bullet Train. Even though the comedic timing of a few certain aspects and characters got a little too much for me, the end result of the film really was such a great blend of action-comedy that by time the credits rolled I really did have a great time.
Easily the most interesting part of the film is Brad Pitt’s character. The love the fact of how much his character is just going through the motions of everything that’s happening and his charism with everyone else is off the charts. I love Pitt and I know how good he is, but I was a bit skeptical going into the film because I haven’t seen his comedic performances too much so definitely color me surprised at how much I loved him. Also, have to shout out the supporting cast all around. Taylor-Johnson & Henry are both excellent in their respective roles and each little moment with surprise extended cameos are all fun and exciting all together.
The only real complaint I have with characters was Joey King. Man I don’t know what it is but I just can’t stand her in literally everything. She’s not terrible here, just felt like a real displacement compared to each and every other character. David Leitch’s direction here is poppy and electric and it works like an absolute masterclass for this film and I think that’s really all you could ask for. The action sequences work so well and the comedy - although mixed at some points - definitely makes you laugh; overall, Bullet Train is definitely a good time.
BTW First Log of 2023!