Five Reasons You’ll Love It - January 20, 2017

T2: Trainspotting - Five Reasons You’ll Love It
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T2: Trainspotting - Five Reasons You’ll Love It

It’s been a long-time coming, but it’s finally here. Trainspotting, one of the most successful and iconic British movies of all time, gets a sequel, 21 years after it first came out.

In this new movie we pick up 20 years after the original and find Mark Renton returning home to visit Sick Boy and Spud, the same friends he abandoned all that time ago after stealing £16,000 from them, all the while avoiding the murderous clutches of the psychopathic Begbie.

The sequel reunites the 1996 classic's original cast of Robert Carlyle, Ewan Bremner, Kelly MacDonald, Jonny Lee Miller and Ewan McGregor, with Danny Boyle once again directing from a John Hodge script, adapting Irvine Welsh’s original novel and its sequel Porno.

The original plan was to release a sequel to Trainspotting in 2016 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the cult classic’s original release, but as Boyle admitted last night (January 19th) as he introduced the movie to reviewers for the first time, in true Trainspotting style they’ve arrived late and missed the deadline.

Still it’s here now and will hit cinemas on January 27th with a DVD coming later this year. We were at that early screening to bring you five reasons why you’ll love this sequel…

 

It’s bitingly funny…

The same sardonic, blacker than tar, gallows humour that made so many of us watch the original over and over again is here again in spades, you’ll be laughing from beginning to end…

 

It’s carries the weight of the original with grace…

There’s no point in pretending this movie isn’t a bit of a nostalgia fest, but the filmmakers are aware of that and there are gags aplenty about revisiting the characters’ misspent youth. There’s liberal use of footage from the original and plenty of references to it too, but this is a new story and will sweep you along in a very different manner.

 

The returning cast are on good form…

McGregor, Miller and Bremner are all back and bring their A-Games, giving their characters new leases of life, but leases that are laced with deep regret and bitterness. It’s fascinating to take in, but, just like last time, one man steals the show...

 

Robert Carlyle’s Begbie is as terrifying as ever…

If you’d expect that the 20 years would have mellowed the raving lunatic that Robert Carlyle brought to life in the original then you’d be very wrong. He’s the same ball of rage as he was back then with violent urges and that rapier wit never far from the surface. When he’s on screen you can’t take your eyes off him…

 

Anjela Nedyalkova is a brilliant find…

Nedyalkova plays Veronika, the Bulgarian girlfriend of Sick Boy who has come to Scotland to find work and quickly also captures the heart of Renton and Spud. She’s a superb addition to the cast in what proves to be a pivotal role in the sequel.

 

T2: Trainspotting is released into cinemas on January 27th and will be available to order on DVD and Blu-Ray in the days following.

You can check out the original here in hmv’s online store.

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