T2: Trainspotting

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“We’re all in a box just waiting for the lid to come down” – Begbie


The likely lads are back. T2: Trainspotting is finally here and its been perfectly sculpted to give us just the right amount of nostalgia. Trainspotting is in my top five favourite films ever. I wrote about it three or four times during my time as a film student so this sequel is a big deal.

*Drum roll* It delivered! I was completely and utterly infatuated by it. There were actual moments that I wanted to pause just so I could appreciate the picture a little longer. It’s the perfect balance between the old and the new without using conventional editing for flashbacks. Instead Boyle uses innovation to draw a bridge between our beloved cult classic original and T2. An unforgettable ending shot of Renton really depicts this, I couldn’t look away.

Boyle has successfully created a stand alone film. The actors have aged 20 years along with the characters and this adds to the social realist aspect that the original book and film were so loved for. Yes, the cast are now grand and successful individuals but they have not let Hollywood sweep their working class ghosts away.

Twenty years later, Renton finds himself back in Edinburgh lost and searching for a past. He reunites with Sick Boy – now ‘just Simon’ – firstly but each individual reunion is equally special and terrifying for Renton. If we all remember clearly, he did run off with every penny of Sick Boy’s and Begbie’s cash right at the end of Trainspotting, so this is no high school musical reunion. I don’t want to say too much about the plot but expect blood, cocaine, strap-on’s, betrayal and little bit of heroin.

The film teases you with the opening beats of ‘Born Slippy’ and ‘Lust for Life’, two iconic songs from the Trainspotting soundtrack.

Wherever you are, stop what you’re doing and go see it right now. Enjoy and let me know your thoughts…

V

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