21 years ago, Danny Boyle’s adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s cult novel Trainspotting burst onto the screen. Frenetic, stomach-churning, bleak, yet often hilarious, it set Ewan McGregor on the road to stardom.
At the end of that film, his anti-hero Mark Renton had ripped his “so called mates” to the tune of 16,000 pounds following a drug deal. T2 (loosely inspired by Welsh’s 2002 novel Porno) marks his return to Edinburgh twenty years later to discover Simon “Sick Boy” Williamson (Jonny Lee Miller in terrific form) still running scams, Daniel “Spud” Murphy is yet to kick his habit and the psychotic Francis Begbie serving time for murder.
I won’t spoil how this all plays out, despite being a more polished production lacking the biting social commentary of its predecessor, T2 plays stronger than simply a piece of nostalgia. For those who’ve aged with the central characters, it leaves much to reflect on.
Three and a half stars