T2 Trainspotting Review – Choose Sequels That Give A Damn

“The 3 questions the focus groups asked were; “Is the original cast returning?”, “Is Kelly MacDonald Returning?” and “Will the Soundtrack be as good as the original?”

Danny Boyle shared this sentiment with the adoring crowd at the NZ Premiere for T2 Trainspotting, commenting on the very fact that audiences would still watch the film without the Oscar Winning Director on-board.

Of course he does return to operate the train (so to speak), but does having so much of the original machine help or hinder the film?


First there was an opportunity……then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same.
Mark Renton returns to the only place he can ever call home.
They are waiting for him: Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle).

With a sort of melancholic comedown establishing the film, T2 Trainspotting finds itself traipsing through its own memory, a wrapped up meta-narrative of years past.

Ewan McGregor steps back into the role of Renton effortlessly, much like the rest of the cast. The proverbial tension between Renton and Sick Boy proving invincible to that of any knife, the story shapes itself up as a sort of aftermath of events from the first film.

And while a lot of films have followed this path with varying levels of success, T2 comes off as this enduring love letter to a film that doesn’t find itself necessitating nostalgia through mirrored scenes or Renton’s updated creed.

Far less shoehorn and more naturally progressed, the film excels in making us all tourists of the groups memories. Another caper of course takes place, and while the lads find themselves more sober than high, it’s when they find themselves in their highs once more, that they realise how low they’ve really been.

Yes the original cast return; Yes Kelly MacDonald returns and yes the soundtrack finds a “Lust For Life” much like it’s predecessor.

T2 Trainspotting chooses to be a sequel that gives a damn about its past and is all the better for it.

Summary

Choose seeing T2 Trainspotting cause it is a goddamn fun ride that acknowledges the toll of years past between friends you shouldn't have, but you do.

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