A se­quel for Trainspot­ters only

The Bay Chronicle - - MOTORING -

A plot which di­verts sub­stan­tially from its source – Irvine Welsh’s fol­low-up novel is thread­bare in parts, but Boyle’s en­er­getic di­rec­tion, beau­ti­ful set de­sign and some en­gag­ing vi­gnettes – no­tably an up­roar­i­ous heist mounted by Ren­ton and Sick­boy upon the un­sus­pect­ing pun­ters in a loy­al­ist pub – hold the at­ten­tion.

Boyle and screen­writer John Hodge chose to keep the on­ce­iconic, now much copied ‘‘choose life’’ speech, but this time it’s less vi­ciously po­lit­i­cal and much more per­sonal, me­an­der­ing off into Ren­ton’s own in­di­vid­ual lament on life.

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

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.

Ren­ton and Sick­boy - Ewan McGre­gor and Jonny Lee Miller - re­unite for T2: Trainspot­ting. A heavy reliance on flash­back will en­trance fans of the orig­i­nal, but ex­clude new­com­ers.

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