After watching the original film a few months ago, I found it to be one of my new favorites. I love Danny Boyle's style, and I thought that the writing of the film was extremely thoughtful and insightful. So when the sequel came out in theaters, I travelled as far as I had to (which ended up being an hour and a half) so that I could see it.
The writing of the film is still good, but I don't think that it achieves what the previous film did. Whereas I would consider the previous film an existential masterpiece, I think this film lightened up a bit on the philosophical questions and switched to a more plot-driven structure. The relationships that Boyle establishes between the characters are recreated, and they are recreated well, however, the film put more of a focus on the relationship between Renton and Sick Boy, making the others feel more like subplots. This works, but I do think that the other way was more successful. Don't get me wrong, there are still some extremely profound moments in the film, and there are some great moments between the characters, but just not as many as the original. That being said, the charm of the film is definitely still there, as I enjoyed the film greatly. There were still parts where I was laughing so hard that I almost fell out of my seat. Still, I think that this film was even darker than the original, feeling more like a slightly lighter drama than an extremely dark comedy. I think that all of these things help the film succeed in being different from the original, a quite impressive accomplishment, as most delayed sequels end up feeling only like a recreation of the beloved original.
Danny Boyle's signature style that I love so much is definitely present in this film. The camerawork and editing are really frantic, creating the same intriguing feeling as in the original that mirrored the plot. The soundtrack is also expertly chosen to highlight the emotional beats seen on the screen. There are a few things that are a little excessive, like an overuse of superimposed on-screen text in the beginning of the film or frequent use of canted angles for no apparent reason, but everything else is extremely well-done, as fans of the director can expect.
Overall, I was definitely pleased by "T2 Trainspotting". It manages to stand out from its predecessor, while still keeping a lot of the qualities that made the original so great. It isn't quite as insightful, but it couldn't be expected to be perfect. It's an enjoyable, well-done return to the world of the characters from a movie that I love.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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