T2 Trainspotting

“First there was an opportunity, then there was a betrayal.”

Plot: The quote is the main basis of the film. Renton betrayed his friends at the end of the first film and now he’s returned and they’re not happy. Especially Begbie. He and Sick Boy want revenge.

Year: 2017

Director: Danny Boyle

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner and Kelly Macdonald.

This is a special film. How many times have you seen a sequel or a remake that has completely destroyed the original film? Too many times probably. I was extremely worried this film would tarnish all that Trainspotting was but I’m so pleased with the outcome. The film was worlds away from the first one but it played homage to it in so many ways. It was brilliant. I enjoyed myself just as much as I did when watching the first film.

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The shots that they used were really inspiring. Films, where you can actually tell how much effort has been put into each and every shot, are really special. I’d much prefer to watch a film like this than an action film that has the average shots for every scene.

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Performances were excellent as before. Danny Boyle created another masterpiece. I am so thrilled with what this film has achieved. The scene where Ewan McGregor’s character Renton said his speech about choosing life was one of my favourites. It includes social media now as it’s updated and I thought it was really engaging.

“Choose life
Choose Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and hope that someone, somewhere cares
Choose looking up old flames, wishing you’d done it all differently
And choose watching history repeat itself
Choose your future
Choose reality TV, slut shaming, revenge porn
Choose a zero hour contract, a two hour journey to work
And choose the same for your kids, only worse, and smother the pain with an unknown dose of an unknown drug made in somebody’s kitchen
And then… take a deep breath
You’re an addict, so be addicted
Just be addicted to something else
Choose the ones you love
Choose your future
Choose life”

The quote from the old film goes like this:

“Choose a life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television. Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers… Choose DSY and wondering who the fuck you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit crushing game shows, stucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away in the end of it all, pishing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourself, choose your future. Choose life…

You can see the difference between the two and how times have changed. T2 had a very nostalgic feel to it. Referring back to the first film just the right amount of times. It’s a very complimentary film. I wouldn’t say it’s better or worse than the first one. The first film is already etched in history but I feel this second one is going to be remembered as well.

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The soundtrack, yet again, was amazing. I’m really hoping to get it on vinyl. If you’ve seen the first film, then what are you waiting for? Go watch it now! If you haven’t seen the first one then watch it now and then you can catch the second one on the big screen. It’s worth it. These films are special. I know they’re about drugs and violence but they make me so proud to be British from a filmmaking angle.

Rating: 10/10

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