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.