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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Trainspotting • T2 Trainspotting

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T2 Trainspotting

“So be addicted. Be addicted to something else.”

Checking in 20 Years Later with Renton, Spud, Sick Boy, and Begby

That’s right, it’s time to talk about Danny Boyle’s legacy sequel T2 Trainspotting. It was a long time coming, and that’s even after author Irvine Welsh wrote a 10-years-later sequel called “Porno” to his original novel “Trainspotting.” Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we wrap up our conversations about the Trainspotting series with a look at Boyle’s 2017 film T2 Trainspotting.

Here’s a hint at what we talk about.

First off, what’s up with that dumb title? We chat about it a bit and the reasons they named it that, but it doesn’t change our opinions that it doesn’t work that well. We were a little concerned about a return to this world, but in the end, we felt it worked. That’s largely because the people behind it were passionate about it and kept it honest and in line with where the first film ended. That doesn’t mean we don’t have issues with some of the character arcs. Could Begbie perhaps have learned something in prison and not come out 20 years later feeling like the same character? Could we have spent a bit more time dealing with Renton’s health issues? Why did Kelly Macdonald have to be included in what feels just like a cameo?

Still, the story largely works. We like the journeys the characters go on even with some of the issues. We’re glad that Boyle and Ewan McGregor were able to work past their problems to find a way into this one. And it’s great to see Boyle still finding ways to play with his production style, even if sometimes it doesn’t quite feel as fresh as it did the first time around.

All in all, it’s a surprisingly good return to this world. We have a great time talking about it, so check it out then tune in. The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!

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