T2 Trainspotting (Review)

'T2 Trainspotting' is the long awaited sequel to the highly acclaimed 1996 film 'Trainspotting'. The film features the same assemble cast from the original and is also once again directed by Danny Boyle.

20 years after the film which took British cinema by storm Danny Boyle returns to the directors chair to adapt the Irvine Welsh novel 'Porno', a continuation of the story about the characters of Trainspotting. Coming in to this film I knew that I should lower my expectations because I see the original trainspotting as a masterclass of filmmaking and it hard for anyone to capture lighting in a bottle twice.

One of the strongest elements of Boyle's direction is that he likes to experiment with the camera work of his films and push the envelop further for digital technology. There are scenes in the film which switch from professional industry cameras to GoPro's and web cams, which gives the film a sense of unpredictability, which is supported by the rather eccentric visual effects. The original cast return and all give good performances which make the characters feel more fleshed out and realistic. Highlights from the performances include Ewen Bremner's more dramatic return as Spud and Robert Carlyle's even more intimidating performance as Franco Begbie. Like the original Trainspotting, 'T2' seems to perfectly make the humor and drama fuse together, which is down to the performances, writing and pacing. however T2 seems to be more comedic than the first film. As expected the film has a few problems, the main issue for me is that some of the characters motivations are unclear, which makes it harder to be emotionally connected to the characters and despite the talent behind this film it does not match the energy of the previous film.

Overall 'T2 Trainspotting' is a worthy sequel because it develops the characters further and shifts it's direction from the original to open further doors and more intrigue for the continuation of the story, however it is not nearly as memorable as the first and does not stand on it's own, but it does serve as a good continuation of the story.

Rating: 7/10