I'm a huge fan of Trainspotting, but even I was overwhelmed by the tide of nostalgia in this film. I'm not sure if T2 was trying to critique our obsession with the past or if it, itself, overdosed on nostalgia. The less critical part of me, however, found this film to be at times, endearing, and often, hilarious. While worth a watch for fans of the original film, i'm still not sure if T2 was necessary.
Difficile capire se questo sequel abbia delle effettive qualità oppure se gran parte della sua riuscita sia dovuta all'effetto nostalgia. Per chi ha macinato il primo capitolo, questo revival è un vero spasso e sembra quasi di ritrovarsi a una reunion di vecchi amici che non si vedevano da una vita. Un effetto strano che di rado ho provato al cinema. Alla prossima, insomma, e grazie per tutti i bei ricordi.
By placing the emphasis on lost time, the film becomes less about plot & more about a changing world. The characters, the city, even the culture itself, create a stark contrast to the earlier work; enriching the original while also suggesting something on disillusionment, even failure. The artifice of Boyle's stylisation seems to exaggerate how disconnected the characters are from this world & their place within it.
It has a strange relationship with it's predecessor that no other sequel has ever thought to do before. Use the first one fundamentally as nothing but a source from which to capture the spirit of nostalgia. The trick is you would need to have seen the original Trainspotting around the time it first came out to really feel it.
One of the purpose of this movie was to be nostalgic and this was accomplished very well. This movie brings back old memories, both for the audience and for characters as well. I liked how the director put his mark on the visual level and how he managed to get trough without a proper story. Definetly is not a cult movie but the gap between this sequel and the original brings something special to this. 8/10
Exploring the characters 20 years on is a cool conceit but the film tries too hard to recapture the tone of the first film and the plot is too contrived to ever get the film into high gear. Bremner's performance was the highlight for me, striking just the right note of silliness and pathos.
Normally, a sequel paying homage to itself should be considered a piece of lazy writing that capitalizes on aging viewers' nostalgia while adding little meaningful content. However, the sheer genius of what makes T2 great is the precise way in which it serves as the perfect metaphor for what life feels like looking 20 years over your youth. Compare it to the original and you fail to see the real value it brings.
In a way, it's a crying shame this movie had to have a plot. The first 30 minutes are such a sensitive, character-driven look at time gone by—particularly considering how the original was always such a youth movie—that when the plot contorts itself to throw its anti-heroes back into hijinks, it becomes a mess of awkward tones. When it starts playing the hits, it feels cheap. When it goes for guffaws, it's even worse.