Bullet Train

Bullet Train ★★★★

Did you guys ever see that movie Smokin Aces? This is like a better version of that. Except on a train.

So I liked this movie more than I thought I was going to. It's got the John Wick action and lighting and general stylishness but also throws in a heavy dose of comedy and fun characters. The idea of like 9 or 10 assassins all on a train all looking for the same thing and either attacking each other or making temporary little alliances or hiding from each other is a lot of fun. I like pretty much all of the actors in this (with one sort of exception) but Brad Pitt, Aaron Tay-Johns, and Brian Tyree Henry are the ones who stood out most to me. I really love the little origin story flashbacks that all of the assassins got (including the snake and the water bottle). I love the Ryan Reynolds cameo. Also love the Japanese covers of American hits in the soundtrack. Stayin Alive was good, Holding Out for a Hero was great.

But I did have some really minor issues. First off... I'm getting sick of the super neon lighted spaces reflecting off people's faces. It was cool in like Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and John Wick and now it's getting sort of annoying. I don't want to see neon blue Brad Pitt or magenta Joey King. Also, the identity of the White Death was kept secret all movie with him only appearing in flashbacks either facing away from the camera or wearing a mask. I thought that either it was going to be a character we already knew (maybe the grandpa from the beginning?) or a huge star (maybe Keanu I thought). Instead it's Michael Shannon. I like Michael Shannon but I don't feel like he deserves that much of a build up. I was disappointed when it was him.

Between this and Top Gun Maverick and Everything Everywhere All at Once, I've been really impressed with some of the non-Disney big blockbusters from this year. I really hope this trend of solidly good non-superhero big popcorn flicks keeps up.

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