“The world keeps changing… even if you don’t.”
– Here’s what hasn’t changed in the 2 decades since I first saw Trainspotting: my crush on Kelly Macdonald and my appreciation for Danny Boyle’s best films (e.g. Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later), and his not-so-great ones like the Beach, Steve Jobs, and Trainspotting 2.
– I saw Trainspotting as a wee lad in Santa Ana, California, far from gloomy ol’ Scotland. Drugstore Cowboy was another favorite of mine at the time, so maybe I was just into movies about junkies. Both of those movies were intoxicating in their own ways. But Trainspotting had an infectious glee that felt like a shot of pure adrenaline.
– If you live long enough to be an old fart, hopefully you figure a few things out like: a) what a selfish little shit you were in your teens/20’s, and b) how lucky you are to be alive, especially if you have friends who no longer are. In its best moments, that’s exactly what T2 has on its mind. That and how we “choose life” despite our best attempts to screw it all up.
– Final Letter Grade: B
Peter Lee is a contributing writer for Quick Lunch Break Reviews. He is a writer, Disney nerd and recovering toy collector. You can find him on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/peter.lee.79219).