Simon: I’m sorry, I’m trying very hard, but I just don’t feel anything.
Renton: We are here as an act of memorial.
Simon: It’s just nostalgia! You’re a tourist in your own youth.

Director Danny Boyle answers questions about T2: Trainspotting in San Francisco

Director Danny Boyle answers questions about T2: Trainspotting in San Francisco

With the promise of a guaranteed audience, and therefore box office receipts, Hollywood has taken the step in recent years to rework their own ideas. 20 years after Trainspotting first hit our screens, T2: Trainspotting explores why nostalgia is the only hit we crave forever.

The streets of Edinburgh have changed; the high-rise housing estates gentrified into modern expectations of freshly-designed life. But what’s happened has happened, and putting up a new façade doesn’t fix the underlying problems of the town.

The same can be said for our 4 lead truants.

At the end of Danny Boyle’s 1996 original, Mark ‘Rent Boy’ Renton (Ewan McGregor) has taken off with £16,000 of hard-earned drug money. Since then, he’s tried to settle and failed.

The people he stole the money from – Frank “Franco” Begbie (Robert Carlyle), Simon “Sick Boy” Williamson (Jonny Lee Miller), and Daniel “Spud” Murphy (Ewen Bremner) – have also been held back by the characters they always were.

When Renton arrives back in Edinburgh to renew his own life after a failed marriage, the chase is on for each character to give and get what they deserve.

The film is more than self-aware. It knows that the audience are wishing for the simpler times of the first film, and at the same time, acknowledges that the four lead characters are worse off in their lives by glorifying the past.

More broadly, T2: Trainspotting speaks to Hollywood’s obsession with remakes and reboots. If we seek the comfort of our childhood comic book heroes or memories of summers spent watching blockbusters, we will be stymied by a lack of creativity and challenging thought.

Ultimately our anti-heroes regress to their former selves. Like Renton stealing the drug money, first there’s an opportunity, then there’s a betrayal. In life there are no endings, just a constant journey to find out who we truly are.

 

T2: Trainspotting – 4/5, a must see for fans of the original.

 

By Tom Storey

 

Featured Image by Shelly Prevost

Tags: , , , , ,

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Getting Real About Illicit Drug Use at EDM Festivals

The electronic dance music (EDM) business, propelled by large scale music festivals, has grown to an estimated worth of $4.5 billion, […]

Q&A With Rami Sultan

Meet Rami Sultan. His huge smile and positive outlook are the first thing you will notice. Rami grew up in […]

Laith Mofleh, Gaza Refugee Camp Volunteer

To Australian audiences, refugee success stories are usually framed by the generous efforts of Westerners in a foreign country. They travel to the country in […]

Walking the talk: it’s not over for Beki Smith

Beki Smith doing the hard training yards along Lake Burley Griffin Source: Instagram/Beki Smith By Rochelle Riley Beki Smith was ready […]

I Heard It Through The Grape Vine

Wine making, to wine connoisseurs, has always been known as an art form. The wine making industry has evolved from […]

A Buddhist life

Development of Quang Minh Temple over the Maribyrnong River, Melbourne. Source: DieantArt By Khoi Tung Ngo I am a Buddhist […]

Loose at the Moose

  In 2013, on a rainy and dark morning in Paris, I arrived at a youth hostel. I handed over […]