T2: Trainspotting – A (Not so) Quick Capsule Review
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
T2 Trainspotting is a brilliant film. Not the film you expected. Or even wanted. But brilliantly done. It’s a film that, maybe for the first time ever on screen, captures what it’s like to be lost in life at a time where its hard to change who you are and when the dreams of life settle to the reality. As a 40 year old who at times feels the failure to be what he wanted to be, whose settled in life on a path different to what he thought and sees a future so different from what he imagined, it was always going to be a story that would hit a nerve.
And it did. For the first time in a long time I had to reflect about a film. Sit quietly and take it all in.
It won’t be for everyone, not even for every fan of Boyle’s groundbreaking original and it certainly lacks the intensity, raw energy and exuberance that Trainspotting delivered. But like the film, I’m not 19 anymore either so my life has slowed down and it feels right the film should reflect that. The fact that the film leaves you at the end feeling that you wanted more from it, feels oddly like it was actually the point.
So on it’s own merits then it’s a well told story , excellently directed, superbly performed (especially Ewan Bremner’s Spud) about what it’s like to be closer to the end than the beginning and what it’s like to feel lost in your own mind. I liked it a lot.
Best Bit: The cubicle
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy
If You Liked this Try: Trainspotting, Go, Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels
Author: Phil Hobden