By Alexander McMahon.
Twenty years have gone by.
Does it really feel like 20 years since you first witnessed the visual spectacle that was the original Trainspotting?
A decade before he won an Oscar, this cult classic firmly established Danny Boyle as a visionary director. With a stellar cast, he took a darkly comic tale from Irvine Welsh and produced a cinematic statement that would become a cultural cornerstone for its time.
Effectively launching the careers of it’s main cast members, the film was a beautifully made piece of work, one that was also a perfect example of how music can enhance a story.
Although we may not have dived into a dirty public toilet in search of our opium suppositories, there was enough of ourselves in these characters to identify with in our hedonistic and optimistic youth, charged with narcotics and sexual energy as we emerged into a new political and cultural time.
And now…twenty years have gone by.
We’re older. Our carefree youth has given way to worry filled middle age. You might have even exchanged your pill-popping club nights for a few Chardonnays and a couple of bags, or you might even be a health nut now, chugging down your beet and walnut smoothies like your body will one day forget about all the punishment you put it through all those years ago.
Twenty years have gone by, and not just for us, but for the director, the cast, the crew, and the iconic characters themselves. And now, after all those years, they are all about to return, all at once and all together, to remind us why this story, these people, were so damn magical in the first place.
We won’t give too much away, but if you have read Irvine Welsh’s ‘Porno’ you will have some idea of what happens. But essentially, here’s the premise…
First there was an opportunity……then there was a betrayal.
Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same.
Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home.
They are waiting for him: Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle).
Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance.
Director Danny Boyle reunites the original cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle, with all of the original writing team and crew.
Here’s a look at the delicious looking trailer…
Now tell me, doesn’t that stir something in you? Seeing those characters, in that setting, in that style? It certainly looks like Boyle has maintained a certain essence that made the original film such an iconic piece of cinema, but of course, updating it with a slightly irreverent dark humour that is often a trademark of his.
If you’re hungry for more, check out these short character vignettes featuring the iconic characters we have come to know and love…
Renton (Ewan McGregor)
Begbie (Robert Carlyle)
Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller)
Spud (Ewen Bremner)
T2 Trainspotting is released in Australia on February 23rd 2017.