T2 Trainspotting

First there was an opportunity, then there was a betrayal

The opening few minutes of Danny Boyle’s introspective and retrospective T2 Trainspotting should come with a warning, but more on that later.

Surprisingly, Boyle’s first image is not in Scotland, but Amsterdam, where we see Renton (Ewan McGregor) pounding a treadmill, a direct call back to the opening of the original 1996 classic. This is followed by rapid fire updates on where the last 26 years have left Simon (Jonny Lee Miller), Spud (Ewen Bremner) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle).

Musical and visual call backs are aplenty, kicked off with subtle notes from Lou Reeds’ Perfect Day, and grainy, almost memory-like 1996 footage, arriving within the first five minutes. These provide something of a memorial bridge to the previous film and set the scene for what is about to be unleashed. (more…)