When I heard that "Trainspotting" would be expiring from Netflix at the end of the month, I made sure to watch it, as I have been planning to watch it before the release of the sequel. I usually avoid films that revolve around drugs, but I had heard a lot of good things about this film, and I truly think that this film is different.
The writing of the film is surprisingly profound. The metaphors are deep and thoughtful, and never feel forced. I also think that the film does a surprisingly good job of creating a protagonist that is sympathetic despite the many bad things that he does throughout the course of the film. The film wasn't only about the drugs, but also the struggles faced by the addicts and the people who face these addictions. The film felt new and inventive because of these factors. The way that humor was incorporated into the film was also very good, which made it very enjoyable.
Additionally, the film is extremely well-made. The cinematography is beautiful. What was even more impressive was the editing characteristic of Boyle's style. He incorporates a lot of montages to maintain pace and effectively uses transitions, like graphic matches, to keep the film feeling cohesive. The soundtrack choice is very good, often juxtaposing the harsh environment on-screen. The acting is also very impressive, with Ewan McGregor being absolutely believable in his role, and Robert Carlyle serving as good comedic relief. In parts, the accents are a bit thick to the point where some of the dialogue can be hard to understand, but enough can be understood to follow and enjoy the story very-well.
So I was extremely impressed by "Trainspotting". It is a well-written, well-made, and unique film from a subgenre that I don't usually like. If you don't mind the profanity, sexuality, and drug use, you should check it out.
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: Netflix.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
I look at films as if through old red and blue 3D glasses— one lens is as art, one lens is as entertainment.
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