T2: Trainspotting

T2: Trainspotting

(2017)

Face your past, choose your future.

Director Danny Boyle, screenwriter John Hodge, and the cast (including Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle) return to the works of Irvine Welsh, over 20 years since releasing British classic Trainspotting.... More

First there was an opportunity... then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton returns to the only place he can ever call home. They are waiting for him: Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance.Hide

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Five to ten years ago, the notion of a follow-up to Trainspotting would have filled me with dread, or at least dramatic eyerolls. And with the cinema landscape littered with sequels, prequels, and reimaginings, that’s not an unreasonable fear to have no matter how much time’s passed. Luckily for the viewer, this re-teaming of Danny Boyle with his original cast, the work of Irvine Welsh, and - crucially - screenwriter John Hodge elevates T2: Trainspotting well beyond a nostalgia-fest.... More

Freed by the middle age of his characters from a need to be cool, to show off, Boyle nevertheless throws the kitchen sink of directorial tricks at this. At times, he conjures gorgeous tableaus, while at others, a visceral vom or freeze-frame on a anger-laced C-bomb channel the energy of T2’s predecessor. Woven throughout the film are visual and musical references to Trainspotting, too - but unlike, say, Rogue One, they’re not intended to be blatant Easter eggs but to draw out the thematic threads between films, emphasising differences as much as commonalities.

Also elevating T2 above what might have been are the performances. Boyle uniformly gets the best out of all his returning cast, their physical transformations of the past two decades all befitting their characters. The film also knows when to move them back into the wings, as well, rather than awkwardly shoehorning them in and then not knowing what to do - Kelly Macdonald’s cameo being a prime example.

Veering from the outrageous, hilarious, moments you’d expect to genuine bouts of melancholy, T2 is a bloody good film in its own right. That it happens to be a sequel to an icon of late 20th Century popular culture, answer a question that generally should never be addressed - what happened afterwards - and, presumably, send beloved characters off into the sunset, just adds to how impressive and enjoyable it is.Hide


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BY JackWallace superstar

T2 isn't nearly as good as the groundbreaking 1996 classic (I mean, how could it be?) But it's not shite either. Fans of the original Trainspotting are likely to enjoy this one. It's a melancholic film that balances the comedy and serious moments quite well. I laughed out loud a couple of times. The cast is great, reprising their roles as the characters from the first film: Mark, Spud, Sick Boy and Begbie, who is still a complete psychopath. Robert Carlyle steals the show as Begbie. No... More spoilers, but my favourite scene is set in the dirty men's toilets in a nightclub. Being set 20 years later, the film is stylistically more modern than the dirty, gritty look of the original. It has some inventive visuals. The soundtrack is good, although I don't like The Prodigy's remix of Lust For Life as much as the original Iggy Pop version. I enjoyed T2. It's not just a rehash of the first film and I'd definitely recommend it to Trainspotting fans. Grade: BHide


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The Press Reviews

  • It has just enough of those two ingredients that made the first film such a gem: style and soul. Full Review

  • Although there are plenty of moments of savage humour, the highs are just not quite so high any more. There's a melancholy maturity, however, which is satisfying in its own way. Full Review

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