Review 212: Trainspotting (1996)
I’ve always heard how great Trainspotting was so I thought it was time, 20 some-odd-years after it’s release, to watch it. There is a lot to say about Danny Boyle’s directing and this film really showcases his talent as well as young Ewan McGregor’s. I did enjoy Trainspotting and I give it the Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy rating.
Renton (Ewan McGregor) is trying to pull himself out of the Edinburgh drug scene. However, every time he starts to get clean and looks like he may get out something pulls him back in.
Danny Boyle and director of photography Brian Tufano really use some awesome visuals in this film. Putting the viewer into the perspective of a heroin user, odd angles, and interesting visual metaphors really make this film stand out. There is no shortage of memorable visuals in the film even a few that made me look away in disgust.
McGregor is great and his charm really stands out even though he is a relatively despicable character. He leaves a wake of disaster with whomever he is involved. Most of it seems unintentional, but his destructive choices keep wrecking the lives of those around him as well as his own. Filling out the cast of characters Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, and Kelly MacDonald. The interactions with all of them whether Renton is sleeping with a high school girl or ruining his friends relationship are entertaining and tragic.
Trainspotting is one that I am definitely going to re-watch. Sometimes this challenge makes me watch movies at times when it’s not optimal to experience one. Sometimes it’s sleep deprivation or just inattentiveness on my part that leads me to miss elements or not focus enough on the film. I was pretty engrossed with Trainspotting, but I know I missed a few things. My memory of the film is a little fuzzy considering I watched it less than 12 hours ago.