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
It's sad to remove this from my favourite films section on my profile, but ultimately you have to ask yourself what you do find to be great films, or pleasures you will defend, and question the quality of others. Its got its moments and parts that are hilarious, but it feels hollow, over reliant on Renton's narration and not really stands out. Too many British films like this are all "style", but a non distinct one that makes them all look alike, clearly the products of their decades of creation without anything that lingers long afterwards. Its a shame to let it drift from my DVD collection, but I've moved on.
A comical, horrific adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel of the same name, a commentary of the Scottish drug scene in the mid 90's. The film shows both sides to Drugs, it shows that they can be enjoyable and fun, but it also demonstrates that lives capitulate, people overdose and lives go day to day just trying to get high. A film that combines fine acting with great soundtrack, to produce Danny Boyle's best work.
"The reason there is a fierce joy in trainspotting, despite the appaling things that happen on it, is that it's basically about friends in need". - Roger Ebert
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
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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