Here we go: my first review, I hope you enjoy it.
I went to see Trainspotting 2 the other day and I’m still excited about it.
In my opinion, Danny Boyle nailed it! I’ve read some reviews online and I am aware not all of them are good, but I strongly disagree. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about a movie. I was eager to see it because, like a lot of people who grew up in the nineties, I loved the first one.
First of all, let me just say that my devotion for the first movie runs very deep, It’s probably “the” cult movie of my generation. I believe it’s one of those movies that kind of speaks to your soul, maybe it’s the amazing soundtrack, maybe it’s the raw and strong material or maybe a combination of both, but the end result is a masterpiece in my humble opinion. Maybe it’s one of those movies that I associated with a specific period of my life but when I first heard that there was going to be a sequel I was over the moon. Then, of course, came the doubt: what if it sucks?
After finally watching it, I’m happy to say that it didn’t disappoint, it was everything I hoped and more. The original cast was brilliant! Every single one of them. They were able to slip again inside the shoes of the characters they played so long ago, and it’s like nothing has changed, it’s like they were born to play those roles.
Ewan McGregor outdid himself, probably because he’s a vampire (he has not changed in twenty years). My favorite Mark scene in this movie was the one when he smiles after a car hits him, just like in the last movie (this scene it’s also in the trailer so it’s not really a spoiler). In this movie his character is very different, he has changed a lot in twenty years, but in that scene, he is just like the old version of Mark we remembered.
Johnny Lee Miller aka Sick Boy who now goes by the name Simon is amazing and plays the part beautifully. I believe you can tell if an actor is good when he makes you forget other roles he has played in the past, and Johnny Lee Miller can.
Ewen Bremner who plays Spud is without a doubt the funniest character in the movie! I just can’t help loving him, and without giving too much away he might be the most relevant character in the whole story.
Last but not least Robert Carlyle. Where to begin? Let me just say that even in the first movie Begbie was my favorite character. In this one he was even better, there’s nothing I didn’t like about him! It’s such an over the top character and Robert Carlyle is just spectacular in the part.
So yes, in the end, it was a nostalgic movie, it was melancholic, but it wasn’t a simplistic remembrance of the past for the sake of it. Among other things, it was a movie about coming to terms with the past and about redemption, but there were also elements of the present, such as the choose life speech, rewritten including things like facebook, social media etc. (Which by the way was probably one of the few things I did not like). And apart from the nostalgia, just like the first one, it was a fun movie despite the very serious issue it covered: addiction, violence, crime, prostitution, alienation, deterioration of family values, friendship, suicide and many others.
Thrilling, exciting and beautifully put together I’m very happy to say that this time the sequel did not disappoint.