Cert: 18 Runtime: 117 mins Director: Danny Boyle Cast: Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewan Bremner, James Cosmo and Kelly McDonald
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T2 Trainspotting is the re-unification of a band of merry men that we all fell in love with in 1996. Many people have criticised the return as a money making gimmick. For me it’s a trip down memory lane and a welcomed return to film for Danny Boyle.In a time when sequels to successful franchises, or even just cult hits, are becoming ten a penny, the always on the cards Trainspotting sequel is one that fans have justifiably had to wait a long time for. So what is T2 Trainspotting about? After 20 years, Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) finally returns home to Edinburgh and reunites with his old pals Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) and the psychopathic Begbie (Robert Carlyle). But there’s plenty of unfinished business to be dealt with…
Rather than being something that got made just to try and flog a dead horse, the advent of time has worked well here, since it’s far more interesting to see how these characters have gone over the course of twenty years than it would have been just a few years afterwards. With the older characters now more sober and reflective, in contrast to the high energy, in your face relentlessness of the first film.That’s not to say that the film doesn’t have it’s own slant to take on the modern day world, most notably with Renton’s ‘choose life’ speech from the first film modified to include Facebook and reality TV, and it’s just as relevant and insightful but, like everything else, just slower and more considered than in the first film. It also comes more toward the end of the film than the start of it, which just goes to show how more slow and considered Danny Boyle wanted to make it. Even the pulsating soundtrack from the first film is used here in a more gentle way, including a maudlin use of Born Slippy.While it’s all very interesting catching up with these guys in the first half, the second part loses focus somewhat, and it starts to meander without any solid story and ends up dragging on slightly. But it’s still a worthwhile, satisfying update, full of sly nods to its predecessor, and a sobering contrast between the energy and expectancy of what could be and the downbeat, depressing reality of what becomes.