Movie Review: T2 Trainspotting (2017)

T2 Trainspotting is my most anticipated film of 2017. Thankfully I had heard nothing but great things about it. It is a mighty fine line to walk releasing a sequel to a film that has developed such a cult following. To produce the sequel twenty years after the first is downright crazy. Does a film about such dark subject matter need a sequel? Maybe not but I am ecstatic director Danny Boyle decided to give us one.

T2 Trainspotting is finally out in wide release

T2 Trainspotting - Berk ReviewsT2 finds Renton heading home to Edinburgh after the death of his mother. It has been twenty-years and he has traded in his addiction to heroin for an addiction to running. There are more than hard feelings for the way Renton left things. I love that everyone is here for this reunion: Sick Boy, Diane, and especially Spud. Begbie is here too but he is surely not a favorite. I was really happy at the way Tommy was treated in this movie.

Trainspotting is one of my favorite soundtracks ever. The way the songs propel the story is magic to me. The soundtrack for T2 was released a little while ago but I decided not to listen to it so it would be new for me and cemented in the film. The soundtrack for T2 did not disappoint. I am crossing my fingers it will see a vinyl release soon enough. There is a moment at the end of the film that Mark plays Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life” and I immediately started dancing in my seat.

T2 Trainspotting - Berk ReviewsBoyle’s use of flashbacks, both to the first film and of other events we have not witnessed before is perfect. You probably remember the maniacal laugh and smile Mark gives when he is hit by the car in Trainspotting. We see that scene reenacted in T2 but it is expertly woven and fits well into the story. We get a reminder of the “worst toilet in Scotland.” We see the boys as children, too, when their friendship was only beginning. We see them as teenagers trying heroin for the first time.

Final Thoughts

I left the theater feeling so fulfilled. So happy and satisfied. I wish I could have purchased a ticket for the very next showing tonight. I will be heading back to the theater to see this a second time. When it is released on blu-ray, I assure you I will be purchasing it. Throw all caution to the wind. If you love Trainspotting, I am sure you will love T2 Trainspotting. I give T2 the rating: Must See Film.

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