For a few years now, summer movie theaters have been falling into a rut where the big premieres are limited to the great delivery of superheroes on duty and a good handful of films for the little ones, displacing other entertainment film proposals to the platforms. streaming, and it’s been a while since we’ve seen a movie like ‘Bullet Train’, a wild action comedy that, however, does not give up the great show.
From the hand of David Leitch, the hand behind ‘Atomic’ or ‘Deadpool 2’, it is not difficult to imagine what kind of film we are facing, but what is surprising about the project is its high-quality casting and a more generous display of media than what we can find in offers similar ones like the stupendous ‘Gunpowder Milkshake’ and even the resounding ‘Nobody’. It is logical to think that this budget step has to do with the presence of a Brad Pitt having a great timewhich has probably entrusted the studio to release it globally.
Antidote against Marvel and DC
And it is not little to say in a scenario in which the public has only gone to theaters to see episodes of the Marvel serial, and is still stuck in the idea of the blockbuster as part of something bigger that never quite arrives. If the shared universe gimmick allows for interconnections and a much larger story, it also offers a long-term complication and commitment that ends up taking its toll in the fourth phase or the third section of the fifth movement. The cinema has been fed up with itself.
Maybe that’s why this year the most stimulating films of other genres have achieved the rare communion of audiences and criticswith the cases of the supernatural ‘Elvis’, the necessary ‘Everything at once everywhere’ and the vertigo phenomenon of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, among many other proposals that have responded to the backlash of the monopoly of the meshes and layers like ‘Ambulance’ or this ‘Bullet Train’, which rescue modes from another time to spit it back with extra unprejudiced fun.
Leitch’s film continues in the modes of criminal action with British overtones and Tarantino heritage —those anachronistic labels to introduce the characters—, full of rock music that nobody listens to today and an attitude of a scoundrel movie from the mid-2000s that , however, do not bury most of its virtues: a dizzying narration, well-constructed characters and a tangled puzzle of situations that generate several lines of tension simultaneously.
The return of crazy Brad Pitt from ’12 monkeys’ and ‘Snatch’
And yes Pitt’s protagonist is a weirdo we want to see all the time, they do not miss their large secondary school, such as the memorable Limón and Mandarina, the fleeting butcher of Bad Bunny or the enigmatic anime bear. Everyone rides on a moving train but there is no situation like ‘Unstoppable’ or ‘Speed’, in fact part of the fun of development is waiting at each stop to see what surprise awaits the characters.
It’s not good to reveal anything about the plot, but you can expect a good mess of people from the criminal world interconnected in the most unlikely ways, a lot of violence, flashbacks at the wrong time, blood, funny jokes, others not so much, fights with the hands, knife fights, gunshots, explosions, macabre humor, killers, hitmen, slapstick humoryakuza, cartels, unlikely and well-placed cameos and an explosion of Kawai imagery to satisfy any otaku.
More than two hours at full speed that fly by and that make us forget during that time that the cinema designed for the big screen has to have a mortgage to a brand or franchise. ‘Bullet Train’ is uno need to scatter me full of gore you didn’t know you needed this summer, the backlash to Marvel’s monolithic cascade and DC and the definitive confirmation that the great show is lived differently on the movie screen and tastes differently without paying the tithe of superpowers.
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