Trainspotting… an iconic British film released in 1996. It defined an era in my life, made me think about things a little differently and I also wanted to be Mark Renton, just without the heroin addiction. It’s a fantastic film, one I revisit every so often for nostalgia and also because its still an excellent film. The title sequence alone is exceptional and it really is just the start.
Fast forward twenty years and the world is presented with the sequel, Trainspotting 2 or T2: Trainspotting. Based on the original novels sequel Porno, Danny Boyle is back with returning cast members Ewan McGregor, Ewan Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle and even more including Irvine Welsh as Mikey Forrester.
I’d often wondered if a sequel would be a good idea and given how reboots and far too long awaited sequels and prequels can be, it maybe is that Rent Boy, Spud, Sick Boy, Franco and their shenanigans should be best left to read in print and enjoyed in their one theatrical release.
But… based on the trailer the sequel looks great, or potentially great. It returns to screens with not only the same cast but with a very much similar premise. Born Slippy and a ‘choose life’ speech, take you back to the original before bringing you back to 2016 with mentions of Facebook, Instagram and Zero Hour Contracts. There is a familiar feel and look that came with the original, Edinburgh being showcased in it’s lovely shade of grey for one. Whether or not Renton is off heroin is one thing, but drugs are certainly not off the menu. All in all, I think this reunion will be one that is not to be missed. Scheduled to be released on January 17th 2017.