Synopsis: After 20 years abroad, Mark Renton returns to Scotland and reunites with his old friends Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie.
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Ewan Bremner.
When Danny Boyle announced that he and Ewan McGregor had buried the hatchet and T2 was definitely happening I'll admit that I was a little bit dubious. Trainspotting is one of my favourite films so the idea of a sequel twenty years on scared me a little bit - What if they didn't stay true to the original? The original is such a unique movie with a stellar cast, bleak storyline and fantastic soundtrack, why try and replicate something that's already great?
I put off going to see the film for quite some time because of all these doubts but last Saturday I finally got around to seeing it (my first cinema trip of 2017 actually) and whilst I expected the film to be quite good thanks to mostly positive reviews, it far exceeded my personal expectations and I would go as far as to say I actually liked it more than the original - Yep really!
The first film had it's comedic moments sure, but most of it was spent wallowing in misery with scenes showing HIV, the death of a child, the following withdrawal hallucinations and THAT desperate toilet scene - All of them combining together to show a rather grim depiction of life as a heroin addict.
The second film however is much lighter and it's actually a relief.
There's still all the violence and the drug use that you would expect from Renton and the gang but it's nowhere near as tragic. There are a lot of nods to the original film (such as the famous choose life speech and the Renton/car scene) but it doesn't feel like a carbon copy and even characters that are long gone (like Tommy) get a mention. The only similarity between the two movies is the soundtrack - Some well loved songs like Lust for Life and Relax crop up - but don't worry as there are some new songs in there to spice things up.
The friendship between the four main characters - Renton, Sick Boy, Begbie and Spud - is explored further in the movie and we see exactly what binds them all together. Without giving anything away, T2 is ultimately a story about opportunity and betrayal, true friendship and long standing hatred.
I don't want to go into too much detail because I thoroughly enjoyed T2 and wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone so I suppose if you want to know more you'll have to go and watch it for yourself.
So to summarise, T2 was the perfect sequel in my opinion. It had a similar vibe to the first one but felt like a whole new movie so if you are a big fan Trainspotting and are worried that T2 will ruin it all for you, don't be. It's fantastic.
Have you seen T2 yet? What did you think?
I really enjoyed creating monthly 'What I Watched' posts but after a while it became a bit of a chore remembering and writing down every new thing I had watched. Instead I'm going to be creating individual film and tv reviews when I watch something that I really enjoyed (or really disliked!) so keep an eye out for more!