The Movie: 9/10
The anger I feel when I am hating Begbie, it’s real and it’s guttural and it’s wonderful. Curing my nose up at Sick Boy as he walks around with that smug attitude and knowing he has some scheme up his sleeve, it makes me feel superior, and I love it. Spud draws out some kind of sympathy and empathy and caring in me that I don’t think I have for “real” people. His vulnerability and persistent self-destruction are endearing and maddening at the same time. I love it. And Mark Renton, well, wanting to live a life that’s tethered to a need for self medication only torn into bits because he wants to be something else, other than a junkie, it makes me cry. I love it.
I can’t say enough good things about T2 Trainspotting. It brings up emotions about my own life, the past 20 years, and about choices I’ve made. It’s not my life on the screen, but there are remnants of my youth that was not well spent, or was it? This story, of our friends, of our partners in crime, of those guys you would hate if they lived down your street, it resonates in that space in your head where you can’t really figure out what’s real and what’s fiction. Those emotions I feel when I see Renton again, coming back to his home after 20 years of avoiding it, it felt real, but it’s just a fake guy in a movie. He left all those years ago because he screwed his criminal friends out of a bit of money. It wasn’t a lot, and the trajectory of their lives would probably not changed with it, but I certainly think the absence of the money along with the most sensible one of the group did have huge ripples in their small pond of life.
We revisit the crimes, the drugs, the torn wall paper. We meet them in places in their lives that are not surprising. If I had one complaint about this part of the overall Trainspotting story it’s that it’s all done in a way that does serve that part of us all that has the exact expectations of these guys that we get in T2. Nothing that makes you go, WOW, he shocked me! I would have liked a bit of that, but as Spud does his new venture in life, I got enough of that satisfaction I suppose.
The women are back, not in full force, but the impact is real. We even get a new character, she’s not one of the original crew, but she fits right in. She’s no sucker and she knows how to find their weak spots, and while that sounds wicked, it’s really good!
I can’t say enough about how much I love this movie. Just watch them both, and if you need to turn on the subtitles, do it and just enjoy the raw guts of life spilled out through our band of misfits and wannabes, or not-wannabes who just want to CHOOSE LIFE!!
- Audio Commentary With Danny Boyle & Writer John Hodge
- 20 Years In The Making: A Conversation With Danny Boyle And The Cast (25 Minutes) – A great round-table between Boyle, McGregor, Miller and Carlyle. Ewan Bremner wasn’t available so you have to put up with a cardboard cutout of him instead.
- Deleted Scenes (30 Minutes) – Thirty whole minutes of deleted scenes, someone could cut these back into the film and make a really nice directors cut.
- Carlton Athletic Documentary: Choosing Endorphin’s Over Addiction (5 Minutes) – A look at the the theme of kicking drugs by using sports as an alternative.
- UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 8/10
I will have the poster for this movie on a wall in our house. We have the original, the diatribe of words at the beginning on a sheet of white paper. I’m hoping for the same with the updated version we get from Renton in the middle of the movie.
Audio & Video: 8/10
T2 Trainspotting comes to Blu-ray courtesy of Sony and a 1.85:1 1080P transfer. Danny Boyle uses a strange color palette that comes across as vivid and beautiful. There are many flashbacks to the original film which look starkly different from T2. Overall T2 looks great I did spot some banding on some scenes but its short and most people will not notice.
T2 Trainspotting’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix is aggressive like only a Danny Boyle film can be. The thick Scottish accents come through loud and clear and for people who don’t understand them subtitles are available. All around this is a fantastic track especially when music is playing which is almost all the time during the film.
Overall Score 9/10