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Recommendation: T2 TRAINSPOTTING


Trainspotting is one of those cult films that people watch several times and can't never get enough of, not just because of the killer soundtrack but because it captures a piece of the zeitgeist that even people who haven't been trough what the main characters have can still relate to. I guess that's the thing about "the spirit of the time". If it's captured, it becomes a universal truth.

The original cast and director (Danny Boyle) of the 1996 film reunited on-screen for T2 Trainspotting. "Choose Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and hope that someone, somewhere cares," is the new signature line. T2 is based on author Irvine Welsh's book Porno, his sequel to the Trainspotting novel. While Porno is set a decade after the original action, T2 sticks closer to the real-life timeline, bringing the characters together 20 years later.


"Danny Boyle’s T2 Trainspotting is everything I could reasonably have hoped for – scary, funny, desperately sad, with many a bold visual flourish. What began as a zeitgeisty outlaw romp in the Uncool Britannia of the 1990s is now reborn as a scabrous and brutal black comedy about middle-aged male disappointment and fear of death.

It reunites the horribly duplicitous skag-addicted non-heroes of the first movie about twentysomethings trying to get off heroin in Edinburgh, and finding that they have nothing very much to put in its place. In that film, I often hid my head in my hands, unable to watch scenes about dead babies and diving into gruesome lavatories. Now it’s the sight of desolate men’s faces that made me want to look away: stunned by the realisation that their lives are coming to an end." (The Guardian)

T2 trailer below:

"Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge eagerly dive into their lost characters, happy to take advantage of the time that has passed between the two films. While a Trainspotting sequel has been rumored for years, we should be grateful that so much time has passed since the 1996 film. It provides not only perspective, but also a unique angle that allows Boyle to dig deeper into what makes his characters tick. Had the sequel come out five or even ten years after the original, it would probably just be another tale of four guys out to score, but in T2, Boyle is able to show that what drove these men to drug addiction was never really about the drugs or even youthful abandon. [...] While T2 isn’t as tight or as groundbreaking as its predecessor, Boyle once again uses those expectations in his favor. To surpass his acclaimed original would oddly defeat the purpose of the sequel, a film that argues things don’t get massively better as time goes on. And while the movie can feel a bit overstuffed and meandering (at one point, it seems like Spud completely disappears from the narrative because the movie doesn’t know what to do with him), it at least feels in line with the characters’ attitudes. In twenty years, these four men haven’t figured anything out. They fall back into their former ways, which isn’t a fun romp but something a bit more desperate." (Collider)


"T2 has no dead babies or overdoses — which is odd when you consider that heroin and opioids are far more epidemic now (at least in this country, in both cities and rural areas) than they were in the mid-’90s. But heroin casualties in a movie these days would be harder to mix with farce. And it’s the farce that gives the movie its motor. What seems like an easy Viagra joke has a sublime — hilarious and horrifying — punch line. A scene in which pickpockets Renton and Simon get caught sneaking into a Loyalist dance hall builds to a great, macabre climax on a bare stage, where Renton improvises an anthem on the subject of Catholic genocide. A bit that features two characters in side-by-side bathroom stalls couldn’t have been bettered by Blake Edwards.

T2 Trainspotting would be even richer, though, with more and older women. Anjela Nedyalkova has charm and breezy timing as the young Bulgarian woman who counts on being the madam of Simon’s bordello, but she’s largely there as eye candy. The female Trainspotting characters are seen only in passing, Shirley Henderson barely at all, Kelly Macdonald in a delightful scene that’s over way too quickly. There’s a larger point to this: that the girls have moved on while the boys are desperate to remain boys. It would be better, though, if that didn’t apply to the director as well." (Vulture)

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