No re­turn ticket to ni­hilis­tic 90s but still worth the ride

The Wharf - - What’s On -

Choose life with nae re­grets. Choose to be­lat­edly re­visit one of the defin­ing films of the mid-1990s, which shoved a dirty nee­dle into the arm of Cool Bri­tan­nia and stuck up two fin­gers to the no­tion that suc­cess­ful home­grown films could only be pris­tine pe­riod dra­mas or feel-good ro­man­tic come­dies.

Choose the holy film­mak­ing trinity of di­rec­tor Danny Boyle, screen­writer John Hodge and pro­ducer Andrew Mac­don­ald, who in­duced that in­tox­i­cat­ing rush of blood to the head 21 years ago.

Choose a nar­ra­tive joint rolled from Irvine Welsh’s nov­els, cut with whirling cam­er­a­work that pro­pels embittered char­ac­ters down a new rab­bit hole of ni­hilis­tic de­sire.

Choose the re­union of a pre­dom­i­nantly Scot­tish cast on lo­ca­tion in Ed­in­burgh and Glas­gow.

Choose a multi-faceted por­trait of modern mas­culin­ity – fa­thers es­tranged from chil­dren, im­po­tent hus­bands, friends torn apart by be­trayal – to sow the seeds of an­guish and rem­i­nis­cence.

Choose a flabby-two hours rather than a lean 93 min­utes of the orig­i­nal to fol­low Mark Ren­ton (Ewan Mc­Gre­gor) as he re­turns home to beg for­give­ness from Spud (Ewen Brem­ner).

Choose re­venge, the poi­son cours­ing through the veins of re­luc­tant pub­li­can Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller).

Choose seething rage, which drips from the tongue of psy­chotic jail­bird Beg­bie (Robert Car­lyle) as he fi­nally glimpses life with­out bars.

Choose flashes of bril­liance – a darkly hu­mor­ous ex­plo­sion of bod­ily flu­ids, a fund­ing pitch that de­scribes a sauna as “an ar­ti­sanal bed and break­fast ex­pe­ri­ence” – punc­tu­ated by cute vis­ual nods to the first film.

Choose Spud as the trem­bling, emo­tional core, will­ing him to suc­ceed.

Choose to ac­cept the sink­ing re­al­i­sa­tion that the giddy high of the first time you watched Trainspot­ting – that breath­less sprint down Princes Street to Iggy Pop’s Lust For Life – isn’t go­ing to be repli­cated. Damon Smith

Ac­tors Ewen Brem­ner, Ewan Mc­Gre­gor, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Car­lyle at­tend the T2 Trainspot­ting world pre­miere in Ed­in­burgh

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