The first cult smash hit Trainspotting was a tale of youth in working class Scotland. Portraying a handful of disillusioned males wondering through drugs, sex and rock'n'roll without a care in the world. Now Danny Boyle's sequel 21 years later via T2 Trainspotting has been shown to the reviewers and while the characters are older, slower and more jaded, the presentation works for the critics.
Bringing back the familiar faces in Ewan McGregor, Johnny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle, the band is back together again. Up to their hijinks they left back in 1996. The title won't be released in cinemas until January 27 in the U.K. and later in February or March worldwide. But, judging by the initial reaction, it will well be worth the price of admission.
Still A Unique Spectacle That Is Truly Boyle's Work
Peter Bradshaw from The Guardian gave the sequel a 4/5 rating to champion the work of the director and outline what makes the franchise special.
"T2 isn’t as good as T1: it is a little too long and unwinds a bit into caper sentimentality, broad comedy and self-mythologising," started Bradshaw. "But it has the same punchy energy, the same defiant pessimism, and there’s nothing around like it. This sequel was a high-wire act, but Boyle has made it to the other side."
The Independent were clearly glowing, following a best effort of 5 stars.
"The actors, meanwhile, are all at the top of their game," says the publication. "McGregor has that wildness and grinning delinquency that made him so memorable in the first film. He gets to deliver a 'choose life' soliloquy which is even darker and more despairing than the one from 20 years ago. (Now, the references include zero hour contracts, Facebook, Twitter, reality TV and revenge porn.) Jonny Lee Miller’s Simon is charismatic and cretinous by turns. Carlyle manages to make us feel sympathy for Begbie in spite of his monstrous behaviour. As Spud, Bremner plays part of the holy innocent – the only one of the four who isn’t venal and self-serving – in appealing comic fashion."
Carlyle Sparks Talk Of 3rd Flick
55-year old Robert Carlyle has played a role in some big features across his career, from 28 Weeks Later to The World Is Not Enough and The Full Monty. But it is his role as Francis 'Franco' Begbie that he is best known. Now he has linked back up with the old crew again, the actor explained that a third installment might not be too far fetched.
“We’ve been talking about that, I am up for doing it,” remarked Carlyle, adding: “So maybe we ain’t seen the end of Begbie just yet.”
Try and not make it 21 years this time.