Thursday, February 9, 2017

TRAINSPOTTING 2 - review


When I first watched Trainspotting (1996) what I appreciated the most was the capability of Welsh (to write) and Boyle (to stage) a reality with neither filters nor hypocrisy.

The characters were a bunch of losers, ‘’cunts’’ who were living in a society based on rules and people that weren’t any less cunty than them.

Mark, Spud, Sick Boy, (somehow even Begbie but not Tommy) preferred to stay away from that banal, hypocritical world and yet reminding one way or another of the guys-next-door.

Is drug addiction not that worse than the bourgeois falsehoods? Who knows…

Trainspotting 2 manages to give some continuity: when you are in your mid 40s people who haven’t seen you in a very long time expect you to be a sensible grown-up with a family, kids, a respectable job and ‘’all sorts of other shite’’.

What happens if you don’t? Should you feel ashamed and find a quick way not to disappoint those expectations or should you feel proud to be who you are? Is your real nature to be pushed away or embraced? Everybody has their own answer.

What is clear is that once again Boyle moves from drama to comedy, surreal, grotesque in a matter of seconds with a bunch of Dutch tilts and all the stylistic elements of his way of directing.

At the end of the day this is a film which is very consistent with the original philosophy


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