DELVE INTO THE PAST

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

WANT to feel old?

As if lis­ti­cles and memes didn’t re­mind us of­ten enough that 1996 was more than 20 years ago, with its for­got­ten pop cul­ture ref­er­ences to make us feel an­cient, di­rec­tor Danny Boyle re­unites his Trainspot­ting cast for a be­lated se­quel.

Twenty-one years af­ter steal­ing cash from his mates to em­bark on a drug and al­co­hol­free path, Mark Ren­ton (Ewan McGregor) re­turns to his hometown Ed­in­burgh af­ter a health scare.

Vi­o­lent Fran­cis ‘Franco ’Beg­bie’s (Robert Car­lyle) pa­role has been de­nied, Daniel ‘Spud’ Mur­phy (Ewen Brem­ner) is sui­ci­dal and Si­mon ‘Sick Boy’ Williamson (Jonny Lee Miller) is black­mail­ing peo­ple with the help of Veronika (An­jela Nedyalkova), who films their vic­tims in com­pro­mis­ing po­si­tions.

It seems Ren­ton is the only one who has moved on be­cause his re­turn ruf­fles some feath­ers; his be­trayal, ab­sence and the re­sult­ing lack of clo­sure are like fes­ter­ing wounds for the gang he left be­hind.

When Franco es­capes from jail and finds out Ren­ton is in town, he vows to kill him while try­ing to re­cruit his teenage son to be his house-bur­gling side­kick.

T2 points out it has been 20 years since these guys were last to­gether; a long time, to be fair, but it is more than just for nos­tal­gia’s sake and a stroll down mem­ory lane.

Boyle knows there has to be more than just coast­ing on nos­tal­gic value by ex­plor­ing char­ac­ters who can­not let go of the past and those who try.

There are the sig­na­ture cringe-wor­thy mo­ments (though none top those in the orig­i­nal) and Boyle’s en­ergy has not ebbed in the past cou­ple of decades, mak­ing for a very watch­able re­u­nion.

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