Director: Danny Boyle
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald
Country of Origin: UK 2017 117 mins. (18)
Released by Sony Pictures
Nostalgia, those heady days, treasured memories. Was it that good? What of the characters past and what's their game? Was the 'shite' really better in 1974 ?
Danny Boyle's heady, frenetic, energy filled 'Trainspotting' grabbed you by the b...s and dared you to jump into the best bog in Edinburgh. 20 years on and it's T2 time. Happy days lads, rip-off Renton (Ewan McGregor), now Mr Respectable who skipped off in a drug deal, is back.
And what are the lads up to? Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) and his partner Veronika (Anjela Nedyalkova) are in the easy money escort business with a bit of Honey trap blackmail on the side, the drugs have eaten into Spud (Ewen Bremner) and hardman, nutter, Francis Begbie's (Robert Carlyle) been resting inside but has an ingenious idea to get out and meet a long lost pal.
Loosely adapted from Irvine Welsh's novel 'Porno,' it's foolish to imagine that the insane energy of the original would flip over to T2. It's not a plot-filled bag. T2 is a nostalgic dance with the past, a few regrets along the way and life echoing a middle-age, long run nowhere. The visual flair, dry humour, inventive pace and the 'look at us now' touch is infectious viewing. And what of today's 'shite'? Well there's FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram!! Wrap that in 'a Choose Life' speech Renton.
'Nostalgia, that's why you're here. You're a tourist in your own youth.' - Sick Boy.