George Clark’s review published on Letterboxd:
Bullet Train is one of the most insane movies this year. David Leitch has a crazy mind and I’m all here for it!
I honestly don’t know where to start. The action is fantastic, quick and frantic throughout with great jokes interwoven into every scene. The direction Leitch takes is brilliant, knowing when to have emotional moments while still having the plot moving forward at a quick brisk pace. The over the top style and tone is magnificent and honestly, the cameos sprinkled in are a joy with two in particular making me gleam. Yet, it’s the characters and cast that stand out the most. Brad Pitt is great, he’s hilarious throughout, Joey King is surprisingly good, albeit a little tiresome at times, and Hiroyuki Sanada steals every scene he’s in…but it’s the pairing of Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry as Tangerine and Lemon that really did a number on me, emotionally investing me in their characters while never failing to make me laugh. They’re incredible within…I’ve never been so emotionally invested in a plot revolving Thomas The Tank Engine stickers!
Honestly, I’m just lost for words, I truly couldn’t care less about the problems with Bullet Train. The cast is fucking awesome, the soundtrack gels perfectly and bangs every minute and the story, man the story is so chaotically good it had me hooked throughout. I haven’t had this much fun with a film this year, I can’t wait to rewatch it! Turn off your brain and enjoy 126 minutes of pure mayhem and chaos. It’s clearly a mess…but it’s a fantastic one.