On Friday afternoon I went to see “T2: Trainspotting”.
I loved the original “Trainspotting” but I have to confess that I have only ever seen it the one time in the theater in the summer of 1996.
I really, really liked the film.The fact that it has been nearly 21 years since I have seen the original meant that I went into “T2: Trainspotting” not as fresh on the original as people who know it front and back. I actually think that is a good thing because it puts me in a fairly similar place as the characters in the original. There are plenty of mini flash backs in the film but they come in tiny glimpses the way that our own memories of life from our early adulthood come in glimpses.
I think that is the genius of “T2: Trainspotting”. It is about lost youth, memory, realizing that in some ways we never change and that at the end of the day we all get old. The first film is about youth and rebellion and drug use. The second film is about regret, nostalgia and old friendships. “T2: Trainspotting” is wonderful in that it doesn’t try to recreate the original, it is a logical continuation of where the characters would be 21 years later. In many ways it reminded me of how “Before Sunset”, “Before Sunrise” and “Before Midnight” all perfectly encapsulate characters changing but not changing as time goes on.
Aside from the first film and the memories one might have of it I think “T2: Trainspotting” worth seeing from sociological perspective. It is fascinating to watch four straight men fighting to hang onto the last bit out youth they have left. But to a certain extent they are no different than all of us. When each of us looks back on our teens and 20s we really do become tourists in our own youth and there is both a comfort and a danger in that.
Just as in the original film Ewan McGreggor is fantastic (how does that man still not have an Oscar nomination to his credit?).
Jonny Lee Miller also does a great job of continuing the journey of his character. Also doing wonderful work reprising their roles are Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle.
I highly recommend “T2: Trainspotting” for anybody who enjoyed the original film.
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Justin Gomez and his sister, Terri, have never been close. Separated by nine years and distant in adulthood, Justin and Terri have little in common, except for the love of her three children. In the days before they embark on a road trip to visit the father that once abandoned them and their now deceased mother, both Terri and Justin are dealing with unexpected changes in their lives. Justin surprisingly realizes he might want more than a series of one night stands after a first date goes unexpectedly well. After a lifetime of being a strong type A personality, Terri is forced to confront the reality of the end of her marriage. As they hit the road, with Terri’s children in tow, they find themselves forced to rely on and confide in each other following a devastating event. Confronted with memories from the past and challenges from the present, Terri and Justin must dig deep and unearth the truth about themselves and their parents in order to build a new family based on their love for each other.