truman’s review published on Letterboxd:
in the first Trainspotting, our lovable scottish junkies hated society and wanted nothing to do with it, besides sticking their middle finger to it. in the 20 years that came between that and its successor, the four gen xers still loathe the system, but they know and have come to terms that they have to live with and in it.
more obviously, T2: Trainspotting also deals with the themes of nostalgia and forgiveness. memory and retrospective affect everything, either positively (in the case of spud) or negatively (in the case of begbie or my Song to Song rating) tinting it out of proportion. a recent neurological study/theory i read states that everytime something is remembered, a new memory is created, overwriting the original, and eventually, becoming something different than what actually happened. using the original characters as perspective, danny boyle's latest showcases this prominantly and perfectly.
T2: Trainspotting is a much different film from its predecessor, not only thematically, but tonally and stylistically. it's a lot more somber, these characters are all guilty and they know it, and they all have their different ways of dealing with it. there's no voiceover and drug use takes a back seat, which may throw people off, but i think all the changes between then and now show not only how the characters matured (or didn't), but gives the sequel a distinctive voice with something else to say, not just a catchup with old friends.