Originally Published on Salty Popcorn - You Can Find Several Other Reviews By Jack Dignan Here As Well
Twenty years have passed since a young Renton (Ewan McGregor) ran off with 16,000 pounds, hoping to renew his life and leave his friends behind in the process. And they haven’t forgotten about it. Renton’s health is better than ever, but life, as expected, isn’t perfect. He finds himself alone, replacing illicit addictions with a forced addiction to running, but it’s not enough. For reasons unknown, Renton feels compelled to return home, touching down in Scotland where everything began. It’s here, fittingly, where everything will also come to an end.
While I wasn’t around for the release of the first film, I have since caught up with what I’ve been missing out on. Anticipation for the follow-up was strong, and watching it for the first time felt like reuniting with a beloved friend. The mere idea of a sequel to TRAINSPOTTING feels preposterous. Where can they go? Why is it needed? Hesitancy and anxiousness towards it is an acceptable reaction, but rest assured, the film is an utter delight. It’s not necessarily a sequel that needs to exist, but it’s one we should all be thankful for.
Once again taking the centre stage, as is the case with all of Boyle’s movies, is the film’s distinct visual style. Fluxed with a neon aesthetic, Boyle uses all his tricks and more. Simply from a visual storytelling perspective, T2 TRAINSPOTTING should be considered a masterpiece. It’s the editing that really steals the show, Boyle’s stunning cinematography aiding in the flow of the film, never allowing for a single dull moment. This film’s got plenty of problems, but the one thing it undoubtedly achieves is maintaining interest levels. It’s fast, stylistic and colourful, every frame used efficiently and in the utmost creative way.
For me, it was always Ewen Bremmer’s Spud who stole the show. I would protect my dear Spud at all costs, and the same follows through after having seen his triumphant return to the big screen. Bremmer, and the whole cast for that matter, bring exactly what they needed to bring to these characters. They’re more developed, evolved and mature versions of the characters we once saw, but every mannerism, character trait and personality detail has been retained. McGregor is just as great as ever, perhaps even the best performance in the film, and on top of that, Jonny Lee Miller also kills it as Simon.
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