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The T2: Trainspotting Trailer Has Arrived!
Hitting Cinemas on the Friday 27th January 2017
Before I discuss the sequel to 1996's Trainspotting, I must first divulge you into the world of 1996's Trainspotting. For it is this that will bring the excitement of the trailer to its helm.
In 1993, author Irvine Welsh wrote a black comedy drama called Trainspotting. It was from this novel that the cultural classic film of the same name was formulated. The film - released in 1996 - was directed by acclaimed director and screen writer Danny Boyle, starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle and Kelly Macdonald in her acting debut.
Empire magazine said this about the film after rating it 5 out of 5 stars: "[Trainspotting] is something Britain can be proud of and Hollywood must be afraid of. If we Brits can make movies this good about subjects this horrific, what chance does Tinsel town have?"
Ewan McGregor will Return as Renton
The internet Movie Database synopsizes Trainspotting like this:
"Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends."
But there is so much more to the original film than that. the film follows a friend group - Renton, Begbie, Sickboy, Spud an Tommy - as they face the challenge of many different addictions. The main, fortified, addiction that first strikes the eye is Heroin. This is an on-going theme throughout the film, showing the dark side to its addiction that, though we all know Heroin has one, nobody has quite displayed it in this fashion. In fact not only is the truths of its addiction shown whilst the characters are on the drug, but equally the challenge of going 'cold turkey' - 100% off the drug without steps down. Other addictions portrayed in the film include alcoholism and nymphomania as well as increasing violence, greed and betrayal.
Set in Edinburgh in the late 1980's, it has been hailed as dramatizing the truthful situation that many Scots found themselves in when surrounded by a "Culturally Rich" Edinburgh, when really they lived in despair and serious urban poverty. This, along with infamous cinematic scenes that stretched the viewer to new levels of discomfort, has given the film the acclaim of being a cultural classic, with the British Film Institute ranking it 10th in the top 100 British films of all time, and in 2004 the Scottish people named it the number one Scottish film of all time.
Film review site Rotten Tomatoes gave this critical review of the film:
"A brutal, often times funny, other times terrifying portrayal of drug addiction in Edinburgh. Not for the faint of heart, but well worth viewing as a realistic and entertaining reminder of the horrors of drug use."
Famous Bar Scene
Rentons Original Monologue (Below) will be revitalised for the sequel
As you can see, Trainspotting was a film that bought a whole new meaning to cult classic. I am personally offended when I discover that people have still not seen this film. As a Brit, especially if you are a film fanatic, you have to see and respect this original film for all that it has done for British film. Once you have achieved this, you can then begin to look forward to T2: Trainspotting.
T2 is based on Irvine Welsh's novel Porno and follows the same group of friends - with the original cast returning to fulfil their roles - along with characters from Welsh's other novel Glue. This time however, it is not so much a focus on their drug addiction, instead the pornography business is the backdrop for their latest adventure. However the real focus of this film is how an addict may stop being addicted to one thing - for example Heroin - but will take up another, sometimes unrelated obsession in which their old addiction can thrive in a new form. This sequel will still contain lots of drug use, including copious amounts of cocaine by all reports, but will no longer focus on it.
One thing that does still survive the perils of time however, is Ewan Mcgregor's Character Renton (Rent Boy)'s monologue in which he infamously states that you should choose 'Life'. T2's version however is more up to date than its predecessor, naming current trends such as Facebook and Instagram within.
The official trailer is available below for you to feast your eyes on.
Offical T2 Trailer
This sequel may never have been. after 1997's A Life Less Ordinary, McGregor and Boyle have failed to work together. This was after a clash over Boyle's choice to use Leonardo DiCaprio in 200's The Beach over McGregor. Obviously, however, they have reconciled. Thank f**k. Also, there was almost a clash with none other than Avatar director James Cameron. Why? Terminator 2's shorthand title is also T2, though this may not of necessarily stopped the filming of the sequel, we would most certainly of faced a different title to look forward to.
In 2009, Robert Carlyle, who played Begbie, told a BAFTA interviewer that he played Begbie as a closeted gay man whose outbursts of violence were due to his "fear of being outed". Irvine Welsh, who wrote the movie's source novel, confirmed that he wrote the Begbie of the book to have an ambiguous sexuality, and agreed with Carlyle's interpretation of the film's version of the character.
It's the little things that make the big things isn't it?
So, I hope I have proved to you that Danny Boyle's original film was something of a masterpiece and that T2 is a highly anticipated sequel that is shaping up to be a seemingly impossible upgrade to the original.
You can catch Renton and Co in cinemas on the 27th January next year. I'd be sure to get a ticket to see this in a cinema if I were you.