Irvine Welsh’s cult novel about heroin subculture in 1980s Edinburgh is juxtaposed with painfully startling images, black comedy, surrealism, stomping soundtrack, nihilistic voice-over, and bravura performances from Renton (Ewan McGregor), Begbie, (Robert Carlyle), Spud (Ewan Bremner) and Sickboy (Jonny Lee Miller).
With an eclectic array of films to his credit, director Danny Boyle emerged from his native England to become one of the most celebrated and revered filmmakers of independently-minded cinema. Ever since his emergence onto the world stages with “Trainspotting” (1996), his stark, but viciously funny look at a group of heroin-addicted friends living in Edinburgh, Boyle managed to chart his own unique path without having to bow to studio pressures. Though he dipped his toe into Hollywood waters with his underwhelming adaptation of “The Beach” (2000), Boyle nonetheless created frenzied and highly-stylized films that also depicted three-dimensional characters often struggling with human vices and weakness. With his luminously praised horror film, “28 Days Later” (2003), and his surprisingly soft-hearted children’s fantasy, “Millions” (2005), Boyle proved adept at shifting genres without losing the voice he established in his previous efforts, making him one of the most talented and eagerly… read more
I still love this film. It's stylish, but that's not all. Boyle's fluid direction in telling a tragic/comic story that threads out so smoothly contains well acted dark elements The baby's death, obviously, but there were other moments of despair - Spud's mum being ostracized when he's sent down - throughout. And, some of the funniest dialogue I've ever heard in a film - sharp Scottish wit, very well acted
Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting is indicative of two major trends in the 90s. The first is the surge of interest in independent film and the second is the “cool Britannia” movement in which a second wave… read review
The film Trainspotting is about sex, drugs and raving. The film encapulates a change of era to become a modern noteworthy and acceptable medium to show life in the United Kingdom for the decade of… read review
Me and these damned movies from the 90’s
Due to my love of danny boyle’s first film SHALLOW GRAVE I couldn’t wait for his follow up and back in the nineties I would read any movie magazines… read review