T2 (Trainspotting 2) Review
I can’t get over how good Trainspotting 2 is. It did not disappoint at all!
There’s humour and energy, a remix of ‘Perfect Day’ (the soundtrack is packed with tunes that bring you back in time) and a feeling of a glorious reunion to the olden days with the group collating again 20 years after Renton did a runner with the “swag”. Reuniting the cast of the original film didn’t necessarily have to go to script – there’s always a risk that it might go Pete Tong – but Danny Boyle and his crew gave it a bloody good shot with bursting energy and frantic anxiety and decent script.
What really impressed me was how impressively the movie managed to stay in the true spirit of the original despite the 20 year gap, by once again giving a true vibrant voice to 4 protagonists who (in real life) would pretty much be written off the beaten track. Instead, Trainspotting series turns these characters into empowered characters of legendary status. Spud’s blend of insecurity and determination, both hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time. It could be said that Trainspotting 2 is about the disappointments of growing old and the need for reconnecting with the past. Choose Trainspotting 2.
With a pounding soundtrack with new sounds and a dazzling update on Renton’s iconic “Choose Life” speech, Danny Boyle has produced another classic film that won’t disappoint fans of the original. How T2 will go down with the new younger audiences who didn’t grow up in the 90’s is still to be seen.