Movie Review: Trainspotting (1996)

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Well… now is a good a time as any to finally check this movie out, since a sequel is coming out very soon and such. So here we go.

Ladies and gents… “Trainspotting”.

Renton (Ewan McGregor) is a young man living in Scotland. He also has quite the drug problem. And we follow Renton as he is trying to go clean, with all the problems that entails, such as peer pressure and the sweet allure of those dirty fucking drugs. And the tale of Renton is definitely an incredibly interesting one. The stuff we witness Renton (and his friends) go through is fascinating, disturbing, odd, and entertaining. It’s hard to really describe my feelings about the plot here because it is very unique and doesn’t really follow any typical formula. Like I said, I was constantly engaged and entertained by it.

The characters in this movie are all assholes in one way or another, but I didn’t completely hate any of them. And they were all very entertaining. Ewan McGregor was great as Renton, perfectly playing this drug-addicted young man. Jonny Lee Miller played Sick Boy (actual character name) and he was really good. Ewen Bremmer played Spud, another one of Renton’s friends, and he was really good. Then we had Robert Carlyle as Begbie, a real wild card of a character. Let me just put it like this: Just breath in his general direction the wrong way and you will have the worst day of your life… yeah, he’s that level of asshole… and Carlyle was great! Then we also get some really good supporting performances from people like Kelly Macdonald and Kevin McKidd. Yeah… interesting characters, great performances.

What’s interesting about the music in “Trainspotting” is that there’s no original score… yeah, that’s an unusual one. Instead we simply have a soundtrack. Not that it’s a bad thing, oh no. Because the soundtrack in this movie is pretty great, containing a perfect mix of pop, rock, and techno, all perfectly fitting the scenes they’re used in.

This movie was directed by Danny Boyle and I think he did a terrific job here. The shots and editing here all perfectly fit this dirty, uneasy, drug-fueled world the characters live in. With that said, there are some trippy scenes in the movie, and they are kind of weird but also very well done. There’s also a decent amount of humor in the movie. Very dark humor, but definitely humor. And I thought that said humor was funny and entertaining. But there are also one or two parts that were a bit disturbing, which I understand why they’re there… because stay away from drugs, kiddos.

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 90% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 83/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,2/10 and is ranked #160 on the “Top 250” list. The movie was also nominated for 1 Oscar in the category of Best adapted screenplay.

“Trainspotting” is a kind of weird but very engaging  movie. It has a great plot, entertaining characters, great performances, great music, and great directing. Time for my final score. *Cough*. My final score for “Trainspotting” is a 9,86/10. Which means it of course gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of “Trainspotting” is now completed.

How the fuck do you sequelize this?

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