Brendan’s review published on Letterboxd:
This movie had no purpose being made. What's next, requiem for a dream 2?
- Ewan Mcgregor is even more likeable in this than the original.
- cool music and references to the first movie.
- good set design.
- camera work and certain cinematics (mostly the lighting, which was very cool).
- the ending was seriously perfect. I would've loved if the entire film was as great as that.
- 1st act was very good for the most part
- doesn't flow scene to scene very smoothly.
- unnecessary quick cuts that do nothing to benefit the story, which seriously has no point in even being made.
- the cinematography is modern and glossy which doesn't help the story in any way. One of the things I love about the original is the grainy film style, really benefits what the audience is watching. This does the complete opposite and makes it feel like a complete rip off. I wanna feel like I'm watching trainspotting but instead I feel like I'm watching some average modern day movie we see every year starring the actors from trainspotting. If it's gonna call itself a trainspotting sequel it should feel that way.
- 2nd and 3rd acts kinda bothered me.
There's more good than bad, but still nothing I'd rave about. I found it enjoyable at times (particularly the scenes that referenced the first movie), but also really disappointing considering I really like the original. As I said there was no purpose to making this movie, but it still worked well enough. Hopefully it'll get better with time.