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This collage aesthetic of distractions fits Boyles winningly nonsensical Trance, but here one cant help but wonder whether a sequel to Trainspotting n ..
Scotlands four favorite dope fiends are still fun to watch, even if they dont have all that much on their minds.
Considerably less ambitious or provocative than Boyles barnstorming first crack at these characters, T2 Trainspotting (can we please just call it T2) ..
Danny Boyles T2 Trainspotting is a diverting nostalgia exercise, to be sure, but it never really justifies its own existence.
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This may be the most beautifully shot downer of the year, so woeful is its tone.
This may be the most beautifully shot downer of the year, so woeful is its tone.
It has some soaring highs and a few lows but its never lazy, even if it never matches the one off magic of the 1990s Britpop era original.
This is a sequel which is unusually closely tied to the original film.
It provides not only perspective, but also a unique angle that allows Boyle to dig deeper into what makes his characters tick.
While T2 isnt as tight or as groundbreaking as its predecessor, Boyle once again uses those expectations in his favor.
What seems like an easy Viagra joke has a sublime hilarious and horrifying punch line.
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Like so much of the movie, it echoes the original but is unafraid to challenge and strip down those memories.
Thats a question any worthwhile sequel has to answer convincingly let alone a two decades later follow up a film so immediately iconic, it re energise ..
Repeatedly tips its hat to Trainspotting in such a blatant fashion that it ultimately, and sadly, hinders itself.
So color me surprised to find out that T2 is actually an absolute blast, nothing touching the original film, but the best possible form of a sequel to ..
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Luckily, time heals all wounds, but even still, how good could a sequel to TRAINSPOTTING actually be
The caper and the characters make the film a delightful ride and the self referential aspect is mainly amusing.
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The Spy Who Dumped Me is an action comedy withwell, it has action.The Spy Who Dumped Me is an action comedy withwell, it has action.
Trainspotting might have been a revelation in its day, but twenty years on T2 is but a stale reminder of what once seemed new and fresh.
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Exhibit A: the Matrix trilogy Now, if you think thats unfair if you think this expansion on the Irvine Welsh Cinematic Universe ought to be appraised ..
But its not nitpicking to see that this is a seriously defanged affair, a sequel that lacks the punch or novelty of the original.
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Depicting a heroin hell populated with Scotlands worst, the picture became a cult hit, reaching a generation that demanded their own story of self des ..
These characters are doomed, repeating the same mistakes and falling into familiar traps.This may be honest, but the movies jovial tone about it certa ..
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No movie ever made me want to do the drug more, not after Boyle married it to the irresistibleof Iggy Pops Lust for Life.
Which is why its sadder than its predecessor and, purely on the basis of entertainment value, not as dynamic.
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Its hell with bells on.Rare is the Gibson film where there isnt some extraordinary
You may remember that Renton disappeared at the end of the 1996 original film to Amsterdam
The original Trainspotting was a classic, not least because it captured a moment in time when Britain was riding a wave of mid 1990s optimism.Advertis ..
The passing of two decades can take the piss out of these era defining Nineties rebels. Still, theres a hard won wisdom at work here, as well as an ac ..
Boyles achievement is to have made a wildly invigorating and enjoyable film about subject matter which is often so dark.
In places, its terrific, but it too often drags in a pool of its own despondency, a miserable and melancholy movie that almost looks a bit embarrassed ..
BOTTOM LINE For fans of the 1996 hit Trainspotting, this sequel will be less a blast from the past than a dose of nostalgia.
The filmmakers dont pretend T2 doesnt live in the shadow of the original.
Danny Boyles sequel to his generation defining 1996 film offers more of the same, for better and for worse.
The tone is a percolating combination of melancholy and irresistible humor, turning religious prejudice, Brexit anti immigrant bias and Viagra overkil ..
Its a fitfully joyous reunion, held aloft by the performances and the little bursts of energy pumped onto the soundtrack and a few inspired setpieces.
In that regard, T2 is a much more conventional film, and it doesnt really pop like its predecessor.
But your enjoyment of T2 may have less to do with the new story than the chance to relive the old one.
Either way, to enjoy this film you really need to have seen the first one.
Far from destroying its predecessors legacy, T2 builds on it with characters that are older, sadder and definitely not wiser. Heroin chic is making a ..
Like its 20th century predecessor, T2 Trainspotting wears its sociology lightly.
Director Danny Boyles sequel, arriving 20 years after his groundbreaking original, maintains an energetic visual flair, as well as confronting, rather ..
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If the movie Gods can give us garbage Transformers movie after garbage Transformers movie, what is the harm in making sequels that are good, regardles ..
The films moods are often drawn from hopelessness and anarchy, but a good part of the eccentricity, which worked wonders in its predecessor, feels whe ..
The heart of T2 lies in the relationship between Renton and Sick Boy, but their rocky reunion is another victim both to the wheel spinning innate in H ..
Compared to its predecessor, director Danny Boyles T2 Trainspotting is a relatively aimless and sedate experience.
And once again, Boyle keeps the energy level at a sustained high.
The sequel bristles with the same energy and reflection as the 1996 dark comedy about junkies in Edinburgh.
In some senses T2 shares elements with its Terminator namesake.Its inventive and full of surprises.
But what the echoes demonstrate is that the film is about unused potential.
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Why a sequel.Because Welsh has revisited the characters in subsequent novels
It would have been nigh on impossible to reach the heights of the 1996 film with its manic direction and drug fueled debauchery so the filmmakers have ..
While it may lack the vampiric teeth of its youthful predecessor, it is a worthy sequel to what has become a sacred original, respecting the rough edg ..
This sequel was a high wire act, but Boyle has made it to the other side.
Sony 20 years ago, Mark Rentons jailbait girlfriend Diane told him, Youre not getting any younger, Mark.The world is changing, music is changing, even ..
Will it be awkward for middle aged artists to retread the territory of their youth.T2 puts its relationship with the first film front and center.
T2 is beautifully made and very well acted.Anthony Dod Mantles cinematography allows stray light sources to eerily disturb its oily surface.
Its an unnecessary afterword that repeatedly calls back to its predecessor rather than existing on its own terms.
Everything pretty much always has.Everything has been falling apart on us our whole lives.
Befitting the age of its protagonists, T2 lacks the urgent, anarchic energy of its predecessor.
Like all of Boyles output, T2 is an absolute visual feast; its numerous moments of spectacular opticals lingering in memory long after the credits hav ..
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Well, its like Sick Boy saw this sequel coming.According to Sick Boy, nothing, and nobody, improves with age.
T2 Trainspotting is a fine reunion, and while the punk portion might not be as raucous as it once was, that doesnt mean these four men have forgotten ..
It captures the rush of meeting up with old friends and falling back into old patterns, and also the feeling of emptiness that can come from rehashing ..
But in Boyles return to Scotland, age is every bit as relentless and unsentimental as it is for anyone else.
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Devotees will doubtless be happy just to spend more time with these vividly remembered characters for the first time in so very long, two hours of wal ..
These include the feckless Spud (Ewen Bremner), still a hopeless heroin addict all these years later; the devious Sick Boy, now known as Simon (Jonny ..
Ghosts of the past, both literal and figurative, haunt T2 Trainspotting, Danny Boyles droll and wistful return to the Scottish reprobates who, 21 year ..
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It has the same director, writer and cast.Its just as filled with hallucinatory visuals, and thick Scots accents.
Spuds excellent knack for storytelling, for instance, is more than just a weird little talent.Its a way of revisiting and keeping alive what could so ..
But the nostalgia is prevalent, and its what makes this such a rewarding cinematic experience.
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A generation after these characters from Danny Boyles Trainspotting shocked and amused with their heroin junkie antics, Boyles long awaited sequel T2 ..
It gives the film a lovely melancholy throughout thats rare even for a legacy quel like this one.
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Fans chasing the same high of Boyles 1996 breakout may be disappointed to find this long awaited sequel slower and more introspective than the origina ..
The resulting adventure is not without its dry spotseven if by design, some of T2s more sluggish constructs will really test the mettle of your attent ..
Choose updating your profile, sneers Renton, but the best references to the past have a knowing edge.
Having allowed the material to seethe and stew, director Danny Boyle cooks up another tremendous cocktail of drug taking, violence and prostitution.
How do you make a sequel to a film that defined a generation, a whole generation later
Its so invested in its predecessor that it doesnt do much to renew itself for the modern era.
Ill say this about heroin addicts: They generally dont hang around boring you in middle age.
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The wicked sense of humor is intact with stakes higher than before.
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And of its many surprises, it saves the best for last.The neon drenched final reckoning is heart stopping; the final shot, simply heart melting.
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The story the film tells is less important than the way it tells it. Watching T2 is like experiencing your own moment of truth, as you confront the id ..
Its got a truly dark edge, but is also laced with truthful humour.Miller is astonishing.
If offered the opportunity then you may not have given this follow up much of a chance in years gone by, but take it from us, choosing this sequel is ..
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Five to ten years ago, the notion of a follow up to Trainspotting would have filled me with dread, or at least dramatic eyerolls.
Perhaps its symptomatic of the fact that the sequel has been kicking around since 2009 that it feels more aimless and less subversive than you might e ..
T2: Trainspotting entertains and thrills. But most of all it makes you take a good hard look at yourself.
It references the original constantly, but rather than reigniting the subversive energetic joy, it just makes you miss it.
The native visual wit of Danny Boyles direction has only grown more delightful with agehe revels in mischievous references to the original film.
Time has taken its toll on them and us, but it isnt wasted here.Harry Guerin
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In front of them lie extravagant levels of gore as bayonets skewer guts, limbs get shredded and choking black smoke billows about.Ah, its yourself, Mr ..
And Boyle directs the film with the same spark of energy, spiralling through colourful cutaways, hilarious sight gags, wacky antics and pulsing music.
Those scenes have a freshness and a driving questionwhat happened to these kidsthat the sequels narrative lacks.
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And yet, watching these characters live out their 40s as irresponsible and emotionally stunted man boys is also a bit of a philosophical downer.
The plot may be a teensy bit slack, but the script, the acting, the unbelievable directing from Danny Boyle is a sight to behold.This is Ewan Mcgregor ..
Begbie even has a touching little soliloquy about changing times and lost opportunities.
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The original is required viewing if you have any chance to fully enjoy this follow up.
1 of 2 View Caption This image released by TriStar Pictures shows Ewan McGregor, left, and Robert Carlyle in a scene from T2: Trainspotting.&quo This ..
Knowledge of the original film isnt essential but it would be a helpful pre requisite.
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Spud is still struggling with hardcore addiction, and has given up on life to the point of contemplating ending it all.Sick Boy has hooked up with an ..
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But its a clever follow up to one of cinemas most original films.
If the first film tapped into the chemical generation, T2 deals with our addiction to nostalgia. ... A marvellous sequel.
There are almost a million different ways a Trainspotting sequel could have gone, even with this setup, without repeating the old film too much; grand ..
Its primary function is as a vehicle for Danny Boyle to Danny Boyle all over the place.
In an age when the past gets endlessly rebooted, its like a cold, bracing shot of vodka that reminds you that if things dont necessarily get better, y ..
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Boyle is the master of the music montage, a master deejay in matching rock beats to dialogue and action.
Once again Boyle succeeds in turning these volatile, evasive characters inside out.
But it somehow works for Boyle, who takes the desperate sounding notion of continuing this story and makes it seem less like a mad grab at former glor ..
Most surprising of all is that Boyle has made a touching movie that avoids sentiment but still manages to intoxicate.
Even Boyle, it seems, is occupying old headspace, giving the sequel much of the originals style and energy.Occasionally its conspicuous, as though the ..
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Ultimately, T2 is a grown up sequel made with refreshing maturity.
Its shot through with a terrific vein of black comedy in a film that generally isnt designed to have much at all of a sense of humor, but it feels tac ..
Darkly comic gusto Danny Boyles anarchic 1996 adaptation of Irving Welshs cult novel Trainspotting was one of the decades most iconic and exhilarating ..
But, while T2 doesnt recapture the excitement of the original, its a decent diversion.
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Sometimes, its best not to revisit the past.Thats the thesis behind T2 Trainspotting, but its also the challenge with which this movie consistently gr ..
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I havent seen it in two decades; now, like an ageing junkie, pleasure circuits calcified, I need to find more convoluted ways to enjoy the same thing.
Its indicative of the way patterns repeat when we dont expect it.
Dialogue alternates between sharp and dazzling, laconic and spare.
Yet as a sequel this is an opportunity neither missed nor fully taken merely toyed with.
John Hodges screenplay, adapted partly from Welshs book Porno, insists that nostalgia is a trap, but Boyle has framed that argument in a movie that se ..
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Choose a slasher film ending.Choose far too many mundane shots that make large parts of this look like a TV movie.
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T2 Trainspotting is based on parts of Irvine Welshs original novel and its sequel, Porno, but it is a largely original script.
But this nostalgia isnt purely for its own sake.Its also fitting to the tale Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge have settled on.
Thats the unavoidable truth in T2 Trainspotting, the intense, welcome sequel to filmmaker Danny Boyles game changing 1996 movie.
The film frequently juxtaposes shots from the 1996 movie with the present day or simply copies them, and once again Boyle evokes this junkies world so ..
But the resulting movie also feels more necessary than just nostalgic.The performances of the cast reflect actors looking back on their own pasts.
The hope that Mark Renton was on his way to a better life is gone, and it cannot be replaced.This movie isnt just a disappointment; its a violation.
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Boyle remains incapable of directing a bad film.And yet for all the swirling visuals and dialed in performances, the same sequel question lingers past ..
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T2 is not a great film, but its pleasures are great and so rare and accomplished that it raises T2 to a level approximating greatness.
Which is the absolute highest of praises I can give to this welcome revisit to old friends.
But nothing is as tragic as how laboured the plot is.The nods to the original film are laboured.
Not a great lot to throw in with, but a highly entertaining one with the fix needing squabbles reaching the near hyperbolic absurdity of the Three Sto ..
Boyle has managed to craft both a worthy tribute and a piece of cinema that will stand on its own in another 20 years time.
As an exercise in narrative storytelling, the movie works quite well.
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Producer/director Danny Boyles filming of Irvine Welshs novel Trainspotting back in the halcyon days of 1996 was a major sleeper hit and a cultural ev ..
T2 is a more contemplative movie than its predecessor, concerned with a life poorly lived.
As supposed inspiration for new filmic sequel T2 Trainspotting, Welshs 2002 novel Porno chose to squander a reunion with beloved characters midst luri ..
T2 lacks the electrifying juice or novelty of its predecessor, but its enjoyable in a loopy way even if it is an exercise in superfluity.
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With a pulsing soundtrack and an ending scene that cleverly ties the whole thing back to the first picture, T2 is a sequel that is at least the equal ..
T2 Trainspotting is brilliant in a way that it has no business being.Its a sequel to a modern classic film by filmmaker Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionai ..
Really.If its difficult to watch T2 without remembering how much better Trainspotting was, the films saving grace is its own willingness to comment on ..
But it will leave you with a smile on your face, a tear in your eye, and a trickle of its predecessors old adrenaline coursing through your veins.
But maybe it always was.Boyle frequently opts for sentimental resolutions, and T2 is no different, for all its bodily fluids and torrid profanity.
Nothing in this film is quite as shocking.But then again, what could be
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Its the only way to fully appreciate the whimsical and weird humor that Boyle brings to the film.
Whats a next battle in an action film is often simply mortality in thoughtful drama.And in fairness to Danny Boyles sequel, mortality is so prominent ..
Choose T2 to see the clever way in which Boyle revisits past iconic moments without making them feel like re treads, something even Star Wars: The For ..
The terror of post prime existence is accordingly palpable in Boyles sequel, which arrives 21 years after the original and with the goofy title T2 Tra ..
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That the director is Academy Award winner Danny Boyle should not concern anyone about a decline in talent.
T2: Trainspotting might be dressed in crime caper clobber, but at heart, its a film about men, mateship and arrested emotional development.
And if T2 avoids the originals more grotesque moments, it maintains its high energy.
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But with no one to really root for, it becomes nearly 2 hours of watching miserable people trying to get through life.
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Maybe its the lack of Rentons narration this time that lets us see what a flat and passive character he is in comparison to Sick Boy and Spud and Begb ..
Which it does.Even when its corny and a wee bit manipulative and you know that is exactly what its doing, you sort of dont mind.
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The sequel feels constrained and shows even more blatantly the thinness of the plot.
If you came of age in the 90s, chances are Trainspotting was all you talked about that summer.The movie was a brash blast of defiance, its amoral, dru ..
While referential, it is T2s least offensive nostalgia, and the sequences in the club (our middle aged heroes woefully out of depth) feel fresh.
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T2 Trainspotting tries hard to match the shocking flair of the original but leaves one wishing the gang would grow up.
All this makes for an occasionally moving film.It is not quite the big oompah of seeing your favourite band reunite, for the first time in 20 years, a ..
Like its predecessor, T2 is loud, profane, pulsing with music, and often caustically funny.
The original Trainspotting haunts the characters and the nihilistic life isnt easily discarded.Choosing life requires an escape; if you occupy the sam ..
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As a sequel, it builds beautifully on material that was so bold, honest and fresh for its time.
While there are moments that fall flat some of the brawls go on way too long it is fun to see where the guys have landed. Boyle, who made Slumdog Mill ..
Its a touching tale of reconciliation, forgiveness and revenge that hits the sweet spot beautifully.
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Theres also a thrilling heist, a punchy soundtrack and an excellent update of Rentons choose life speech.And Spud emerges as the heart of the story.
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This referential treatment is wise its truly the only way a sequel like this could get away with existing, by interrogating its reason for being.
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