After spending 20 years away, Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns home to Edinburgh and catches up with spud (Ewen Bremner) and Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller). Times have changed and there is tension between all of them, but when Begbie (Robert Carlyle) is found to be in the area they must put this behind them and go on the run.
It’s actually pretty difficult to surmise the plot of T2 Trainspotting. It’s a film that’s less about plot and more about characters. It vaguely fits the mould of a caper, but much like the first movie and plot that happens is a vehicle for these characters that you haven’t seen for 20 years.
It’s worth saying now that obviously it isn’t the game changing revolutionary film that the first Trainspotting was. But nothing is. What T2 is, is a more overtly melancholy movie than Trainspotting was. It’s still visually exciting, fast paced and crucially very funny, but it’s also really quite dark. It deals less directly with drug addiction, although of course its presence still looms large. Instead the darkness is more internal. Depression as a theme courses through T2, Bremner’s Spud especially representing a personification of this. Actually far more than in Trainspotting, T2 is about Spud’s emotional journey. While McGregor’s Renton is still the lead, this is Bremner’s movie more than any other supporting cast member.
But while for me T2 was a intensely emotional experience, it never loses sight of just being a great ride of a movie. It’s exciting, it’s funny and it’s completely gripping from start to finish. The intricacies of the plot get mildly convoluted at the end but it really doesn’t matter. Sit down buckle up and let Danny Boyle take you on a visual and emotional journey.