1: Brad Pitt very funny and charming.
2: Beautiful shots of Japan.
3: Some genuine shocks and surprises.
4: Talented supporting cast, especially Aaron Taylor Johnson, who is surely now moving onto the next James Bond shortlist?
5: There is a sense of fun and good will to the piece. Hard to pinpoint, but ‘there’.
A: NOT a true action movie. This could and should be another SPEED, or at least a BROKEN ARROW? It isn’t.
B: Pace and tone are all over the shop here. SO many missed opps to elongate a fight scene, exploit a plot twist, set up and payoff a decent baddie etc. All squandered. Trailer especially misleading on that front, given hype around the catering car face-off, which is a damp squib.
C: By all means fuse Tarantino tropes to Guy Ritchie style. But you must have a USP in that; a new take? Copies of copies never ‘work’.
D: Not half as funny as it thinks or as visually stunning as initial glimpses indicate.
Moments of charm and style and genuine promise, which somehow never cohere or deliver as a whole. A curate’s egg. Fun enough to pass the time. But by no means unmissable or classic, which is a shame, given Pitt could be a great action hero.
PS: THIS MOVIE HAS A GOOD SOUNDTRACK. But what if you need to edit clips together of certain musical cues etc? Try youtube to mp3