Twenty years ago, our heroes went on a crime spree in the great city of Edinburgh. Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle return as the older, and slightly wiser, childhood friends and all around losers. I had forgotten that Jonny Lee Miller was Sick Boy, but I remembered the rest of the guys well enough. It’s directed by Danny Boyle and written by John Hodge.
Trainspotting was an awesome movie. I loved it from the first time I watched it, though it does have a few heartbreaking, disturbing, and disgusting scenes. I love the closing scene where Ewan is making his get away and tells us things are going to change for him.
Needless to say, the odds of him getting that new life are pretty slim, but it was brilliant.
So…flash forward twenty years.
Ewan comes back to Edinburgh, after spending the last twenty years in Amsterdam. Naturally he looks up his old loser mates and falls back into his old ways. Meanwhile, the criminal madman leader of the pack has been in jail lo these many years. He manages to break out of prison right about the same time Ewan returns. His goals in life are to kill Ewan, and bring his son into the world of breaking and entering.
T2 Trainspotting is another damned good film. Lots of great acting, lots of shots of current Edinburgh to contrast with the Edinburgh of twenty years ago, and a bit of disgusting business near the top to give it that whole Trainspotting feel. The ending is, if possible, even better than the end of the first film. What is it I’m always whining about when it comes to hundred million dollar Hollywood flops? The writing! Most blockbuster movies have complete shit writing. The writing in T2 Trainspotting is fucking brilliant.
T2 Trainspotting was a lot of fun. Great to see the old gang back together. Though it is hard to imagine that a group of forty something former/current drug addicts would look as good as these do. I don’t love a lot of movies like I once did, but I do like this one.