T2 Trainspotting (2017)

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After 20 years abroad, Mark Renton returns to Scotland and reunites with his old friends Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie.


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1 February 2017 | ben-812
6
| As good as it could be, but far from great
"Porno" wasn't a great Irvine Welsh book, but at least it introduced new characters and updated us on the whereabouts of the original Trainspotting crew. The "prequel" Skag Boys was to my mind much much better.

The problem is, Porno couldn't really be filmed, as it concentrates on the filming of pornography. So instead, some elements (but not many) of it have been lifted to make T2, but most of T2 is "original". It's around 5% Porno if that.

However, I'd estimate that maybe 10 minutes in total of T2 is direct samples of the first film. Sure, have a bit of it in there, but we all know that T2 is a sequel of a film famous enough to have stuck in our memories. And I felt that constant referring back was after a while unnecessary, and intrusive.

There wasn't a single scene in "T2" that could hold up to anything in the original. Not one.

Look, I'm glad I saw it, but it's not something I'd really watch again more than once. Some films are classics because they are of their time: Trainspotting; Pulp Fiction; the Big Lebowski; Withnail and I. Trying to do a sequel for any of them is going to be a pointless exercise, you could never do one that holds a candle to the original.

What Boyle and co have tried to do in "T2" could have been much worse; but it couldn't have been much better either. The past is the past, and we should leave it there.

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Trivia

While announcing the sequel in an interview, director Danny Boyle joked that he wanted to call it "T2", if James Cameron would allow it (whose film Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) is commonly abbreviated as T2). The cast later explained that the title was the one they thought the characters in the movie would have chosen, just so they could annoy Cameron. Since Terminator 2 isn't legally known as T2, Boyle could use the title without permission; however, he settled for T2: Trainspotting, because the internet search term "T2" still lead mostly to sites affiliated with Terminator 2.


Quotes

Spud: "We went for a piss in the old Leith Central Station. Me, Renton and Begbie. Place was empty, soon to be demolished. An old drunkard whom Begbie had been looking at, lurched up to us, wine bottle in his hand."
Begbie's Father: What're you up to, lads, eh? ...
Spud: "He ...


Goofs

In the original movie, Mark puts up half of the £4K required to purchase the Russian skag from Mikey Forrester, so he would only owe the other 3 a share of £8k from the £16k sale (the proportion of the "4 way split" of the haul wasn't specified in the original).


Crazy Credits

The initial final credits appear over modified scenes of tower blocks and other buildings being demolished. Once the cast credits appear, the background changes to amorphous, swirling, mainly black/ white/ grey shapes.


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Slow Slippy
Performed by
Underworld
Written by Rick Smith & Karl Hyde
Courtesy of Universal Music Catalogue
Published by Mute Song Ltd.

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