With an unforgettable soundtrack, Irvine Welsh’s cult 1993 novel of the same name comes to life in this colorful portrait of a group of junkies in the 1980s in Edinburgh, as one of the them, Mark Renton, struggles to get clean and get out of Scotland.
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2017. Dubious nostalgia. But seeing it again in a theatre (not the same theatre where I last saw it, back when it came out - but in the same city), made me warm in my prurient little easily-deceived heart. Not proud-making, that. This is a snotty movie based on a snotty book. It is essentially a music video and a fashion spread and a marketing campaign (for itself) both castigating and celebrating drug subculture.
20 years young Boyle's second theatrical feature is still an audacious marvel. Welsh's novel is translated into an adrenaline rush of a picture that while faithful to its source carves out a memorable cinematic experience. Performances are bang on throughout especially McGregor, Carlyle and newcomer Macdonald. Song score quite iconic and well utilized throughout. 'It's such a perfect day...'
the british accent, the truth that it shows, the allusions that drugs can make to us and the baby walking in the roof. ''1,000 years from now there will be no guys and no girls, just wankers. Sounds great to me. ''. my new fav
The style is unique and creative. It uses an eclectic mix of influences and references to make the film work. Although it can be off-putting at times, the general effect is a surprisingly pleasant one.