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T2: Trainspotting

Directed by Danny Boyle

UK, 2017

HOME, 2 February 2017

At the start, I warmed to it, naturally.

There were familiar characters in a familiar environment dealing with familiar predicaments; and a familiar cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle.

Then it turned from cosy and comfortable to tired and laboured: an easy switch to make, I think. There were references to the earlier, ground-breaking film and they made the present film seem derivative – as it is, in truth – and highlighted its lack of imagination and verve. I mean, the Rolling Stones’ early stuff was cool but dad rock (or even granddad rock) is embarrassing.

Edinburgh is a pretty city, yes, but show too much of it, as here, and you have a travelogue. There are set pieces adroitly jigsawed together but the film is too slack and slow paced to deliver a compelling narrative.

The best part was… and there you have got me. Actually, Anjela Nedyalkova, a Bulgarian actress. was an attractive presence. That’s all.

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