Boyle still has a Lust For Life
Trainspotting. It’s not just an iconic film, it transcends that. It’s more than just a singular picture or movement. It was a statement. It was a demand for the rest of the world to look at the United Kingdom and pay us the attention we so obviously deserved, and after 20 long years of waiting, it’s finally arrived, the film we had all given up hope would ever be made, T2: Trainspotting. So the real question is, should we choose life?
T2: Trainspotting (I think I’ll drop the Trainspotting part from here onwards), is less a tour like the original and more a memoir and retrospect of the last 20 years, you can tell this is a personal project for Danny Boyle. This is his personal love letter to each of us, and anyone who ever cared about his little movie about 5 lads from Scotland.
That’s what’s at the centre of T2, is love. Not for it’s characters, they are still treated with the same level of contempt and disrespect that ever happened, but for us, the viewer, there is love. This is the dream film for many of us. This is The Beatles doing one more tour, this is what we have all been waiting for.
T2 quickly establishes that its intentions, it will be tying up all the lose ends that was left from its previous outing, and by the closing credits, everything really is done up in a neat little bow for us. Does this make it satisfying? In truth, not as much as Trainspotting did, but I truly believe it has the only logical ending that someone who has lived through the last 2 decades could come to.
While the story might be all too docile for fans, the entire film is played in an lower key from the original, as if they have replaced the adrenaline filled trance of the 90’s with the placid and alternative grande latte of the 00’s. For me personally I found it to be the perfect mix of nostalgia and progression, never neglecting either. This is what happens when you have the skilful hands of John Hodge and Danny Boyle at work together. With Hodge picking the relevant and pitival moments from the novels and Boyle blending in his personal passion and touches of genius behind the lens you have sequences that are both delinquent and exquisite.
Needless to say the cast are all first class, each of them relish in the opportunity to reprise the roles that defined them. Each character comes across like a human out of time, disjointed from where they belong, trying desperately to catch back up with present day but somehow forever stuck in the past. The only new edition to the pack is Anjela Nedyalkova who plays Veronika, she is the new comer’s voice in the film, she is the new age, and her words are clear and distinctive.
T2 gives us everything we didn’t know we wanted and more. Resolution, a trip down memory lane, reinvention. It is a fitting sequel to the last 20 years, not a sequel to Trainspotting, but a fitting review of the millennia that just about passed us all by.