Deathy’s review published on Letterboxd:
Score : 9.1/10 ✅
I have been anticipating Bullet Train with a lot of excitement since the beginning of this year but that same excitement was converted into concern when I saw the Rotten tomatoes score collapsing under its own weight during the last days. I was worried and I was pretty sad. But surprise! Just like comfort food, Bullet Train is innocently providing a high level of satisfaction without trying to be anything else. In short, my first time of the year when I want to proudly shout to the critics ‘’Go home, you’re drunk’’.
Bullet Train is full of fun and way more bonkers than I was expecting, it’s a superior effort to bring to life a semblance of what a live-action anime would look like. David Leitch surely knows how to make an action movie compelling and entertaining and I’m betting this will stand the test of time to shape future energetic action films. Not only the movie is packed with wild turn of events and a ton of funny moments, but this is also basically a movie about faith, luck and karma. Which is mainly the reason why the movie works so much. Witnessing Brad Pitt going through hell to get out of the train, avoiding encounters and trying (keyword here, trying) to talk his way through was oddly satisfying.
I want to add that this is the best product placement and title cards (for introducing ‘‘characters’’) ever done in a film in a LONG time. I was laughing so much that I’m pretty sure the two guys behind me were concerned for my mental health. God, it was funny. I won’t lie, watching movies like this one where everything is committed to makes us laugh is a prime example of why movies are called movies. Simple and pure escapism.
All in all, a great movie with a dedicated cast, filled with action and funny cameos is to me, and I hope it will be for you, the best way to finish this summer.