When Trainspotting came out in 1996, I was 9... so needless to say, I was late to get on the bandwagon, but regardless, when I did get to see it, none of my art school training prepared me to be as blown away as I was.
Even know, some twenty or so years later, the original still carries plenty of clout and has continued to steer me away from drug use.
Now with the release of the sequel, people are worried that too much time has passed, that we're living off our laurels, and we're getting lazy in film making.
In regards to this film, I have this to say to those naysayers:
I got the chance to see an early screening of this film, and I admit, I was nervous. Excited, but incredibly nervous. I'd refreshed myself by watching the original a few weeks before, and I'm glad I did because this film was fantastic!!!
From the very first scene, you're right back in the world of the four main characters, Renton (Ewan McGregor), Sick Boy, (Jonny Lee Miller), Begbie (Robert Carlyle), and Spud (Ewen Bremner). At first, it looks like everyone's had a chance to live except for Begbie who was still in prison, and Spud who seemed stuck in a revolving world of drug addiction. But quickly, you see that they've all been stuck still trying to make it as adults in one way or another
The movie was full on with the familiar outer body shots and nostalgia without being redundant. You're allowed to live in the past with the characters all the while rooting for them to get out of the twenty year funk they seemed to have been living in.
Even the few new characters served their purpose without it being overwhelming.
Nothing was forgotten, not even Tommy. (May he rest).
For me though, Spud was the character I was rooting for the most. Every time Ewen Bremner has graced a screen I've watched, I am on the edge of my seat and Spud is no different.
Even the way that Renton finds him in the start of this film automatically makes you want to reach in screen and give Spud a hug. He's hopeless and directionless, but you still want to do everything in your power to help him because all he wants is to stay clean, and have his friends.
That's not asking for a lot is it?
He wants to be happy, and make those around him happy. I love Spud. I love Ewen. He's incredibly enigmatic and wonderful to watch. I can't explain it further. It just is.
Let it be.
The rest of the band is also on point bringing these interesting character arcs full circle and forever changed. Even Begbie in traditional Begbie fashion.
One thing I will say, if you're an American, you may want subtitles. Even after 20 years, it still takes a while to figure out what they're saying.
I will spend my money to go see it again on the 17th of March and I suggest you do the same!!!
That's all for the Quick & Dirty! I'll see again you next Sunday!
Check out the blog next Sunday for reviews on LOGAN, GET OUT, AND SONG TO SONG
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