The initial warning runs “very strong language, strong sex and drug misuse”. So far, so promising.
And the sequel to Danny Boyle’s “Trainspotting” might have taken 20 years to get to us, but it’s still full of high-octane action and sardonic laughs.
Based on Irvine Welsh’s “Porno”, it reunites Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie. The friends since early childhood fell out when Renton ran away with £16,000 of stolen money that was meant to be split four ways.
We meet up with them 20 years later when Sick Boy – now back to Simon – gets involved with dodgy pornography and blackmail schemes.
It lacks the social commentary of “Trainspotting” but it plays to the dark uncertainties of our time.
“Very strong language” is much what you hear in a pub on a Saturday night. “Strong sex” is really rather weak. And that “drug misuse” is of shiny and healthy people playing with a few illegal substances.
Homage is paid to the original. Kelly Macdonald is woefully underused as a successful lawyer who is required by one of the characters, for legal reasons.
Ewan MacGregor is back as Renton, Jonny Lee Miller is Sick Boy (Simon), Robert Carlyle is the even more psychotic Begbie and Ewen Bremner’s Spud has the heart, soul and sadness that become very moving, as the story unfolds.
Just when you’re annoyed at the lack of women, Anjela Nedyalkova takes over key plots. You think you know where her prostitute character Veronika is going, then this woman’s great acting makes you rethink the whole movie. I think she has an amazing future in film. The camera loves her.
She does so much with a woefully underwritten part.
Because “T2” is about friendship, revenge, macho posturing and youthful hopes gone wrong you might think, in theory, there isn’t much here for girls. Yet, I found a hidden and positive female view, here.
There are timely warnings about protecting your PIN number and guffaws of the wry and hopeless variety. There is also a lot that made me laugh out loud, as did others at the Stratford East Picturehouse.
I enjoyed this much more than I expected to. Long ago, I loved Welsh and Boyle and loved the Scottish intelligence and the dynamism in that team. And, of course, the music is just sublime for anyone who ever loved a good rave in an empty warehouse or field.
Oops. I am showing my age. This is a very entertaining film. If you are okay with swearing, violence, odd sex and drug use, you’ll enjoy this. Otherwise, just skip it.