Country: United States
Release Date: 3 March, 2017
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller
Age Restriction: 18 years
Duration: 117 minutes
Box Office: $?
“T2 Trainspotting”, Few images generated in the context of modern cinema are as iconic as Ewan McGregor's feet hitting the pavement at the frenetic pace of Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life." It is, in effect, the first Trainspotting scene ( 1996), one of the defining films of the 1990s. So defining that her memory deserves to be honored, and the best way to do that would be to leave her alone. Of course the reasons that justify the existence of 'T2 Trainspotting', presented this Friday outside the competition at the Berlinale, are much less romantic.
So here we are, discovering what has become of the lives of those four young heroin addicts in Edinburgh even though at this time most of us never ask.
Partially based on 'Porno' (2002), the literary sequel Irvine Welsh wrote of his most celebrated book, 'T2' tells a story of reconciliation, revenge and betrayal that possesses a certain morality for reasons unrelated to the narrative itself: Friendship, and professional society between McGregor and director Danny Boyle after the latter replaced Leonardo DiCaprio's first, somewhat unceremoniously, with "The Beach" (2000). What he does not have is a particularly dynamic narrative, largely because in this new adventure the protagonists are clean - or even - and older, and Boyle finds nothing to make them spend their time more than going from one place to another and quarrel.
Twenty years after leaving the country with a booty that should have been distributed, Renton returns home turned into another person - as we see at the beginning of the film, no longer runs in front of the police but in the step tape of a fitness center-. The reasons that lead him to return are something that Boyle and the writer John Hodge do not think necessary to clarify. When he arrives he discovers that Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) owns the ruinous pub of his aunt and is dedicated to extorting impresarios with a Bulgarian prostituta; Spud (Ewen Bremner) remains an addict, and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) remains a psychopath.
In their attempt to postpone as much as possible the reunion of the quartet to the full, Boyle and Hodge open several narrative paths -related with marital problems, literary ambitions, European Union aid funds and a series of increasingly absurd plot turns - without letting anyone take a course.
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In the process 'T2' insists again and again on the idea that nostalgia is a trap to avoid. The problem is that, while it does, it just works as a big hits album. Boyle constantly looks back at the first film and does not miss a single opportunity to borrow images and songs from her. He also uses the same formal techniques: fast paced, frozen planes split screens, over-the-counter words on screen and some general visual hysteria. In other words, an aesthetics that in 1996 was new and incredibly stimulating, and that today has been years old fashioned. It is true that 'Trainspotting' was not a particularly profound film, but at least it did include some British society commentary of its time and some sharp reflection on, for example, how much the addict's life is as conformist as the normality he intends to reject . 'T2' makes it clear from the beginning that he has nothing to say about politics or the passage of time or the long-term consequences of drugs or even friendship, beyond the obvious: that being a man of forty And so many is a downturn, drug or not.
That said, it is perfectly probable that those fans who have been waiting two decades to find out about Renton and company need only to see them getting in or making a mess or suffering the monkey to feel perfectly pleased.
Some will be out there. And even if they have not - judging by their reactions, among the press displaced to the Berlinale there is no trace of them -, Boyle will earn a lot of money. While doing so, yes, if you have some artistic integrity, you may not be able to sleep at night.
Director Danny Boyle presented yesterday at the Berlinale his T2 Trainspotting, a sequel to the iconic film shot 20 years ago, that flees from the mere nostalgia to return to the thread of the quest for the meaning of life embodied by the character of Ewan McGregor. "Nostalgia has its dangers. You have to keep it under control or you end up looking like a tourist of your own youth, "said the British filmmaker at the presentation of his film, received as one of the highlights of the show, despite going out of competition.
The filmmaker was accompanied by Ewen Bremner and Johnny Lee Miller, two of his actors from then and now, as well as Anjela Nedjalkova, the girl in the film and virtually the only new addition to the set. Boyle defended that his film can.