T2: Trainspotting - 5 Stars
Choose Life then choose this film, because it’s just as good as the first one.
After 20 years abroad, Mark Renton returns to Scotland and reunites with his old friends Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie.
Sequels are difficult, very few are good and they often feel forced. I unashamedly love the first film (the novel and the play), it is one of the films that inspires me to create boundary pushing entertainment. I was equally excited and nervous about the sequel, but it is phenomenal.
The script pays homage to the original film and both of Irvine Walsh’s novels, without being a direct adaptation of his second novel. It creates a naturalistic way for viewers to take another peak at the lives of our characters and it doesn’t feel like it was made for money, it feels like another chapter in the story.
Ewan McGregor is fantastic, he is a really good actor - in pretty much everything. However, it’s the rest of the cast who really make you take notice. Robert Carlyle is one of the most under appreciated actors every and his performance as Begbie is phenomenal. Ewen Bremner and Jonny Lee Miller also shine brightly in their roles from the first film.
Overall it’s visually stunning. Director Danny Boyle continues to enchant, delight and confront with his groundbreaking cinematic ventures. T2: Trainspotting is an extraordinary and a film, not for the faint of heart, but certainly not one to miss.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Sony Entertainment