Long awaited sequels often have fans waiting many years for what sometimes ends up being a very average rehash of the original. Last year alone we saw numerous examples of belated sequels (FINDING DORY, JASON BOURNE) with some not as successful as others. Audiences may feel that very few good sequels ever get made; however, Danny Boyle’s T2 TRAINSPOTTING may be the closest thing we get to this in 2017.
When the first trailer came out for T2 TRAINSPOTTING (or simply T2) we were treated to another serving of the famous ‘Choose life’ monologue from the original with some tweaks for a 21st century audience including mentions of Facebook, revenge porn and zero hour contracts. We were also left with the iconic image of Ewan McGregor propped on the hood of a car gasping for breath before cracking a smile; a shot straight from TRAINSPOTTING but replicated 20 years later. These callbacks may have been to reassure original fans that they wouldn’t neglect the legacy of TRAINSPOTTING but it came across more like they were trying to replicate the original. But anyone that has seen the 2017 sequel can reassure you this is not the case and it hits the right amount of nostalgia with references to characters, archive footage from the original and homages which are all done with nothing but love and respect. Even the reimagined ‘Choose Life’ monologue doesn’t feel like a desperate attempt to recreate the magic of the original like the trailer led us to believe. The buildup to the scene is perfect, as is Ewan McGregor’s performance as he goes from reminiscing the origins of the phrase to anger against the society which he finds himself trapped in. [Read more…]