Tuesday, 14 February 2017

T2 Trainspotting (2017)

Choose life. And then live it. For twenty years.

Because you have to have lived a bit to appreciate what this film is trying to say. You have to have been a teen or twentysomething when Trainspotting came out to appreciate this - which is why there are some sniffy reviews in some corners of the web from numpties who were filling their nappies  back in '96. More than any other sequel I can currently recall, T2 has matured with its audience and reflects where they are likely to be at right now. Whereas Trainspotting will perhaps always appeal to teens/twentysomethings of any generation, I think you have to have a bit of experience under your belt, you have to be 35 and upwards, to appreciate this.

And yes, it's got a sombre reflective edge for times passed, but it's still a great fun ride. It's probably the most fun I've had in the cinema for some time too, with some genuinely laugh out loud moments such as the William of Orange pub scene, and the moment when Renton and an increasingly exasperated Begbie inadvertently reunite in the club toilets. And the scene where Spud watches two youths race down the road to Regent Bridge gave me actual chills.

Spud is still an ugly/beautiful hapless goof, Sickboy is still a scuzzy handsome chancer, Renton is still a deeply charismatic bastard and Begbie is still the scariest urban psycho to wear a moustache since Yosser Hughes. It was good to see them again. Trainspotting was a remarkable opportunity, this thankfully is not the betrayal.


  1. Spot on with this review - I loved every minute of it and found myself laughing out loud throughout. They have all aged by 20 years but so have we and a sobering experience to reflect on how things have turned out for them/us. Yes Begbie is still the scariest psycho in Edinburgh and Spud is still, well still just the loveable Spud. Think I'm going to have to go for a second viewing as probably missed so much on the first showing.

    1. Thank you for saying so Alyson. I do feel that link between the characters and us who have aged with them is simply not appreciated by anyone younger who wasn't around for the first or felt its impact in the same way. Beautiful film, such a well textured progression and yes, I cannot wait to see it again either. I'll be buying the DVD as soon as its out. Thanks for stopping by!