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T2 Trainspotting (2017)

Preceded by: Trainspotting (1996)

Director:
Danny Boyle
COUNTRY
United Kingdom
GENRE
Crime/Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
T2 Trainspotting
RUNNING TIME
117 minutes
Producer:
Bernard Bellew
Danny Boyle
Christian Colson
Andrew Macdonald
Screenwriters (based on "Porno" and "Trainspotting" by Irvine Welsh):
John Hodge
 


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Mark "Rent Boy" Renton Ewan McGregor
Daniel "Spud" Murphy Ewen Brenner
Simon "Sick Boy" Williamson Jonny Lee Miller
Francis "Franco" Begbie Robert Carlyle
Diane Kelly MacDonald
Gail Houston Shirley Henderson
Mr Renton James Cosmo
Veronica Kovach Anjela Nedyalkova
Stoddart Steven Robertson

 

Review

If nostalgia is a valid virtue on which to base a film and why shouldn't it be? then T2: Trainspotting, Danny Boyle's follow-up to his hugely successful 1996 film, has got the perfect outset. And under Boyle's masterful guidance, it has become a delightful mixture of skillfully incorporated visual and narrative flashbacks on the one side, and an assessment of the current state of affairs for what are now uneducated, largely unemployed Scottish 40-somethings on the other.

Trainspotting was stylistically groundbreaking, and in the follow-up Boyle cleverly toys with this legacy without ever trying to outdo or outshine the original. Every reference to the 1996 film is done with a level-headed sense of gratitude and respect, and as we get reaquainted with the unlikely quartet of friends that is Rent Boy, Spud, Sick Boy and Franco, we readily accept whatever alterations screenwriter John Hodge has needed to do in order to make the story viable with a "20 years later" premise.

It is true, however, that T2 never becomes as relevant as its predecessor. It also never quite reaches the same levels of pulsating, all-encompassing urgency which distinguished that film. But perhaps this is also telling for how life at 40 is compared to life at 20: You want everything you do and think to be just as meaningful as it was back then but it just isn't.

Copyright 18.01.2018 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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