A sequel for Trainspotters only
‘‘A heavy reliance on flashback will entrance fans of the original, but exclude newcomers.’’
Boyle says the film has hope, and it does, surprisingly, for Spud, but really it’s about the loss of hope, the disappointment of realising it’s too late in life to fulfil your potential.
McGregor, his feud with Boyle now over, has his star power, but actually the highlights are a remarkable turn from Miller, angry, frustrated and angular, and Bremner, who uses all his physical traits to deliver a performance both funny and poignant.
A heavy reliance on flashback will entrance fans of the original, but exclude newcomers; similarly the soundtrack offers hints of the first time, before closing with a rendition of the signature piece, Iggy Pop’s Lust for Life.
Boyle wanted to dodge the curse of the sequel. He’s managed that – but the price is a movie that will be loved by those who loved the original, but which may be irrelevant to those too young to care. - Steve Kilgallon.
Renton and Sickboy - Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller - reunite for T2: Trainspotting.