In 1996 the now cult massive film ‘Trainspotting’ was released, based on the Irvine Welsh novel of the same name. In 2017 Danny Boyle developed ‘T2: Trainspotting’ loosely based on Welsh’s follow up novel entitled ‘Porno.’
Being the second film, T2 had a lot to live up to. It followed the same group of lads, just twenty-years on and following the aftermath of the ultimate betrayal, their friend Mark Renton stealing £16,000 from them after they scored a huge drug deal. Within T2 we see a betrayal unfold involving money again, however it seems to be done for the greater good.
T2 allowed the audience to get to know some of the characters deeper, and offer sympathy to others. We get to know that although Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) stole the money from the group, he now twenty years later was facing a divorce from his wife and the loss of his job in Amsterdam. We are also allowed to feel sympathy, and then pride for Spud (Ewen Bremner) after attempting to kill himself at the start of the film, he manages to kick his addiction and develop a novel based on the trials and tribulations him and his friends faced throughout their teen years and early twenties.
The music, the cinematography and the mood all led the audience back to that original 1996 film, offering the feeling of nostalgia behind the film. Seeing the same cast members altogether again, including the smaller characters, such as Renton’s father, threw the audience back to 1996 and the release of the original film.
The familiar scenes and settings, the replicated scene of Renton running down a road before stopping in front of a car and laughing, allowed the audience to remember the times when the boys were just boys and didn’t particularly have a care in the world. This also allowed the characters to remember the ‘good old days’, hence Spud’s draw to writing.
It’s safe to say that T2 is a fantastically superb film that sends audiences into a frenzy of nostalgia and longing for times to be as easy as they were back then. However it does not have a patch on the original trainspotting film, and let’s just say that Begbie gets what’s coming to him.