I’ve been trying to think of what I can say about T2: Trainspotting, but I don’t think that there’s much I can really say about the film.
I can say that it is good.
However, there are parts that feel are a bit weak.
Before I go on, there’s spoilers ahead, so if you don’t want the film spoiled, don’t continue reading.
Well, here we go.
T2: Trainspotting picks up about twenty years after the first film. Renton is returning to Edinburgh for the first time since Trainspotting. Spud is struggling with drug addiction. Sick Boy is working as a dealer whilst running a pub with few customers. Begbie’s in gaol and is trying to get out.
Despite Spud and Begbie playing large roles, the film mainly focuses on the relationship between Renton and Sick Boy. However, the film mostly doesn’t feel unbalanced as the characters all have ample time, although at points it does feel that Spud’s actions could use a little more attention as it seems that he is slightly glossed over, although it’s nice that his progression as a character is clear.
The dialogue feels quite grounded in reality. It has a fairly smooth flow and little of it (if any) comes off as being out of character and, despite some stylistic moments, the statement can be applied to most of what happens in the film.
It’s fair to say that the film feels like something that’s just kind of happening in the lives of the characters. The actors do a really good job of portraying them as real people and giving them a sense of presence, which is something that seems to be undervalued in acting as plenty of characters out there are believable, but they don’t feel as though they are real.
Many of the scenes work quite well, although there are points where they fall flat.
Take for instance Spud trying to commit suicide compared to when Renton and Sick Boy shoot up for the first time in years. Spuds scene is fairly emotive and a slight bit humorous whilst remaining quite intense. It’s shot with some rather plain lighting and kept fairly low-key, and the outcome of the event ends up having a lasting impact on the rest of the film. It’s instantly memorable as, whilst being something that is quite shocking, it’s not overblown, nor does it feel like it’s trying to be big.
Renton and Sick Boy shooting up feels like it’s trying to be big, with the immediate result being set to look stylish and comes off as being excessive. Unless I missed something, it has little to no impact on the remainder of the film and is glossed over almost completely. It doesn’t feel as though it had a place, and Renton and Sick Boy had seemed to have moved on, although maybe that’s the point.
At other points the various references don’t always work. Usually they do, but there are some that feel tacked on and don’t quite belong.
The humour is a bit more overt this time around. However, it doesn’t break the film in any way and still feels as appropriate as it needs to be.
As said at the start of this, I don’t think that there’s much that I can say about the film.
I can say that T2: Trainspotting is good. Despite some flaws, it flows well and it’s well-crafted. Seeing the actors play off each other as well as they do is is quite satisfying.
It’s a film worth seeing.