Who says you says you can’t go back home? The long awaited sequel to Trainspotting is out and it answers many questions that we had when the cult film ended 20 years ago. Danny Boyle has brought back his eclectic style that made his 1996 film such a cult sensation.
We begin the film with Mark Renten (Ewan McGregor) returning home to Edinburgh after living in Amsterdam for the past 20 years. He meets up with Spud(Ewen Bremmer) who is still struggling with his heroin addiction and trying to be a good role model for his son. ‘Sickboy’ (Johnny Lee Miller)is running a crappy pub he inherited and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) is making an escape from his 25 year sentence. Renten certainly does not get a warm welcome back home especially when he faces Begbie. Yet the film does a clever job of making the story kind of parallel the previous film.
Although it’s 20 years later it seems as if it’s been a lot sooner because the way the actors jump right back into character is astonishing. Many times when a sequel is done so many years after the first the spark is kind of gone and it’s nowhere near the same. Not in this case. Danny Boyle did a brilliant job of capturing that essence that made the first film so dark and intriguing. Boyle also adds in some flash back sequences so we get a little reminder of where these characters were and how they’ve kind of gone from boys to men.
If you are a lover of indie British cinema or loved the first movie you’ll love this one. Not to mention it still has a killer soundtrack