Danny Boyle allows audiences to revisit the characters brought to us in the 1996 cult classic Trainspotting, it’s a sequel that came to fans after 20 years but still manages to capture the elements that made the first movie a hit. If you are familiar with the first movie there is very little introduction needed and if you aren’t I suggest you watch them both. These middle aged characters have not lost anything over the decades and shows us that a reimagining isn’t always necessary for 90s cult classics.
First there was an opportunity, then there was a betrayal. Twenty years later, Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place that he can ever call home. There waiting for him are old buddies Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). Sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, love, fear, regret, self-destruction and mortal danger are also all lined up and ready to welcome him.
So many things could have gone wrong with this sequel, its dated, challenges of reuniting the cast, can it speak to modern audiences but Danny Boyle has managed to navigate through them to bring us a sequel that does not disappoint fans. Reuniting the cast of Trainspotting after 20 years was a great idea and offers up a new memorable adventure. The movie is both gritty and funny with a nostalgic overtone as elements from the original movie creep in during some scenes.
Reviewed on: DVD
Available on: DVD, Blu-Ray, Digital
Age Rating: Mature
Estimated RRP: R100+
Release Date: 24 January 2017