A trip down memory lane for me. This film is the second of the Trainspotting films based on Irvine Welsh novels. Having lived in Edinburgh when the first film was released I have a certain connection to the film and was worried the second one, made 20 years later, would tarnish the classic nature of the first. However, I was pleasantly surprised how well it balanced tipping its hat to the first movie without becoming a parody. But I will warn that it is essential to watch the first film to understand this one. It follows the lives of the main protagonists as they battle with midlife misery. It still dealt with the topics of drug addiction, violence and crime but at a less frenetic pace than the first. Danny Boyle managed to keep some of the grit with a good mix of humour.
It could never match the first film and thankfully doesn’t try to, but it is still a fun way to spend an afternoon.
Review score 8/10