T2 Trainspotting

T2 Trainspotting ★★★½

I consider the original Trainspotting to be a masterpiece (it's in my top 20 films of all time), so needless to say this was one of my most anticipated of 2017. Thankfully T2: Trainspotting is an excellent sequel with its own unique feel and a tone that is notably somber compared to the first movie. Drug use is no longer at the forefront, which may be a turn off for some who enjoy the first film for its drug-fueled kinetic energy and rowdiness, but it ultimately pays off in showing how these characters have matured (or not), and also gives the film it's own distinctive feel and voice. Seeing Renton, Sick-boy, Spud, and Begbie together again is a joy even under these different circumstances and drab mood, and there is still plenty of laugh-out-loud dark humor along the way. The acting is all very impressive and Robert Carlye gives a particularly great, stand-out performance reprising his role as the insanely hot-headed Begbie. Danny Boyle's direction also needs to be commended, as he manages to make the film stylish and colorful without ever coming off as pretentious, further cementing himself as one of my favorite directors. I will definitely be rewatching this later and it stands as one of my favorites of the year so far. Lastly, be sure to see Trainspotting if you plan to see this because it relies heavily upon the viewers having knowledge of the first film.

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