this is my favorite Director-performance ever! Danny Boyle truly MADE this film - none of the surreal or magical sequences were in the novel, it was a pretty straight forward junkie story. Think about this movie in the hands of another director...it would not be the same movie - if you had to you could recast Renton/Ewan and it would still be the same, but you could not replace Danny Boyle and have the same movie.
This film is a drug induced, dreamscape, wild ride that keeps you at the end of your seat. It remains an absolute hoot, that provides an ever fresh perspective on a world that you will question whether you want to see or not. Each twist and turn gives a kick that maintains the energy. It is frantic but somehow manages to stay in control for the duration of the run time. A definite worthwhile watch.
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...'
I don't always enjoy Danny Boyle's movies, I wasn't enamoured with this film the first time I saw it... I realise that means I lose many Brit points (though not enough to stop making terrible jokes). Yet it turns out this one really is good and worth a watch. Worst-case scenario the nihilism is tinged with comedy which makes it more suitable for repeat viewing than Requiem for a Dream.