Friday, 10 February 2017

Film Review Friday | T2: Trainspotting


When we moved down south, we were lucky enough to have a Cineworld not that far away from us, so one of the first things Rich and I did were sign up to Cineworld Unlimted. In case you're not sure what that is, you pay £17.40 a month and can go to the cinema as often as you like, which for Rich and I is a lot.

They've just introduced a bonus for referring friends (you both get a month for free) so if you're considering signing up to Cineworld Unlimited, if you use my code: RAF-96BU-42FB-94VV-44NV then you can get your first month for free - winner!

Anyway, onto the latest film we've seen. Last weekend we saw T2: Trainspotting, the sequel to Trainspotting which came out in 1996. Obviously I was far too young to watch it in 1996 but my Dad showed it to me at about 16, and it's stayed with me ever since. I don't think I was ever in danger of trying drugs, but watching that film certainly made sure that I would never even allow the thought to cross my mind!

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The sequel is set 20 years later, and as a huge fan of the first movie, I was a bit sceptical. Sequels are rarely as good as the first films, but I went into it with an open mind, hoping it would at least be okay.

It was definitely better than just okay.

Opening with little snapshots of what the four friends are up to 20 years after the first film ended, it immediately started capturing the spirit of the characters, and throughout the film the character progression was excellent. The story itself is believable and has the same raw, slightly uncomfortable, but still totally watchable feeling of the first one, and it still doesn't shy away from gore. One of the early scenes was particularly disgusting, I'm sure you'll know which I'm thinking about if you've seen it!

The music and cinematography are fantastic, and Renton's Choose Life speech sent shivers down my spine with how good and accurate it is.

Throughout the film it has little flashbacks to the first one, but they don't feel intrusive, just perfect little nods to the past, and made me really want to watch the first movie again.

By the end of the film I was totally invested in the characters, and the end sequence had me on the edge of my seat and grabbing Rich's hand as I was so tense, but it was totally perfect.

If you're a fan of the first film, make sure you go to see this one, you'll love it.

Solid 9/10 from me.

Rachel x

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