T2 Trainspotting Movie

T2 Trainspotting: The original was more entertaining than the sequel

The T2 Trainspotting is here for review and the first question that the reviewers face is why go back? The movie is the sequel to the 1996 film Trainspotting but Oh! It was a hit. The Trainspotting is still remembered for explosive anecdotes, eye catchy captions and voiceover and also the melodious songs – Iggy Pop’s Lust for Life and Underworld’s Born Slippy. At that time, it was said that if you watched the move even for 10 minutes, you got your money’s worth.

The sequel is more conventional or it will be more appropriate to say that it is aging just like its characters. Renton is back to Edinburgh to attend the death ceremony of his mother after spending 20 years of drug-free-life in Amsterdam; on the other hand the hapless Spud is still struggling with his habit of taking heroin; the Sick Boy has learnt how to make money by blackmailing and Begbie has been in prison all these years.

The plot seems to bring all four characters back and reuniting them after a long time. Last time they were together in a room from where Renton was trying to escape with load of cash in his pocket. Sick Boy wanted Renton to invest in his brothel hat he wanted to open above the pub. Begbie was planning murder and Spud was experimenting with his habit of taking heroin.

The change of scene in T2 Trainspotting isn’t much different from Trainspotting. All the four characters have aged and so has the movie. It is frustratingly slow and also it lacks the vigor. Just like its characters, the story has also lost all hopes. If compared to its predecessor, the T2 Trainspotting has nothing new to offer. The T2 story so heavily relies on Trainspotting that the nostalgia sometimes seems to run out of control.

T2 Trainspotting first look and poster

Poster of the movie is as old as the movie itself. For strange reasons, the poster is released in black and white. What is shows is four bathrooms with their doors ajar and four persons are in the rooms. These are the four characters that are using the bathrooms in different ways. It isn’t a good sight but it reminds the viewer of Trainspotting and all the bad things related to the lives of the characters. Also names of the characters are printed over their pictures so that the viewers can recognize their heroes.

Why watch the movie?

Presently there seems to be only one reason to watch the movie and it is the success of 1996 film Trainspotting. Since the movie borrows heavily from its predecessor, it is able to retain the viewers. Another reason is that the viewers would be interested in knowing the future of Trainspotting characters.

Trivia

• Johnny Lee Miller was willing to shave his head in order to look older

• Robert Carlyle stayed away from his family because he was looking just like his character Begbie

• The movie was first titled Porno

• The DVD copy shown in Sick Boy’s apartment is of 2002 movie 28 Days Later

Directed -Danny Boyle
Produced – Bernard Bellew, Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, Andrew Macdonald
Based on Trainspotting and Porno – by Irvine Welsh
Starring – Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle
Edited -Jon Harris
Production Companies – Film4, Creative Scotland, Cloud Eight Films, DNA Films, Decibel Films
Distributed -TriStar Pictures
Release date – 22 January 2017 (Edinburgh), 27 January 2017 (United Kingdom), 17 March 2017 (United States)
Running time – 117 minutes
Country – United Kingdom
Language- English

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