Nostalgia can be a powerful tool when in the hands of the right film-maker, and thankfully, Danny Boyle knows how to coax the right memories. Welcome back boys.
The story may be driven by extortion, prostitution, addiction and even Death Wish-style revenge, but its primary concerns are friendship and memory. Drawing on Irvine Welsh’s 1993 novel and its 2002 sequel, Porno, and set twenty years after Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) quietly slipped out with everyone's drug money, we’re back in Edinburgh, where it's almost as though time stood still. He finds Spud (Ewen Bremner) on the verge of suicide, Sickboy (Jonny Lee Miller) still holding a grudge, and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) well, let’s just say he’s been promoted to true villainous status.
Silly name aside (there's only one T2, and that stars Mr. Schwarzenegger) this new-age Trainspotting manages to revel in the present, look to an optimistic future, and reminisce about the past just beautifully. And while the nostalgia is handled without a hint of subtlety, it’s too powerful not to reminisce yourself. If you have any fondness for the original, this a drug worth taking. (Jack Whiting) “This better not be shite Danny”, came advice shouted from the next tower block.