Review: T2 Trainspotting – a nostalgic sequel too far?

Review: T2 Trainspotting – a nostalgic sequel too far?

Set 20 years on from the first, T2: Trainspotting sees Renton, Spud, Sick-Boy and Begbie reunited in Edinburgh for another series of crime-ridden, drug-fuelled and fantastically chaotic adventures.

T2 is a film of textured and vibrant cinematography. Danny Boyle successfully brings together elements of the old and the new; with nostalgic flashbacks, a diverse and electric soundtrack, and an updated version of Renton’s iconic ‘choose life’ speech.

‘Whereas in the first film there was something strangely endearing about the gang, this charm is lost with age’

Yet, for me, T2 depended too much on this nostalgia. The overriding message of the film is ultimately a depressing one. The characters are a product of their own poor decisions; still crippled by their addictions and deeply unsatisfied by their lives. Whereas in the first film there was something strangely endearing about the gang, this charm is lost with age. Ewan McGregor’s portrayal of Renton is as punchy as ever, yet he feels too much like a recognisable Hollywood face.

Regardless of this, if you loved Trainspotting, you’ll love T2. I can’t deny that I wasn’t completely gripped by the entirety of the film. T2: Trainspotting is packed with a punch; a satisfying and exciting sequel for fans of the 90’s cult classic.

Alethea Norman-Rhodes

(Image courtesy of Graeme Hunter)

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