T2 Trainspotting

Going into Trainspotting 2 (I refuse to call it T2 as that is obviously that robot movie) I was worried, after all we’d already been burned by sequels we didn’t need nor want after a huge time gap, I’m looking at you Tron: Legacy, but I had no need to be. Trainspotting 2, while never as good as the first (how could it be?), does do the first one justice and makes it proud. It’s poignant, funny, sad and dark and it pays homage to its predecessor without being cheesy. It also proves that Danny Boyle can be a great director when he puts his mind to it and just how important a great soundtrack is, as integral here as it was in the first. It’s less about the drugs and more focused on the characters and even though they really aren’t nice people you’ll find that actually you’ve quite missed them, even Begbie. Essentially the film deals with friendship, ageing, heritage and once again social commentary and it’s a testament to the writing, directing and acting that this story can be told now. On paper all the elements are there and for once they pull it off transferring it all to the big screen which is not something you can say about a lot of modern films which is why Trainspotting 2 is a triumph.


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