By Aaron Moran (Ireland)
No film yet in the 21st century has better showed the highs and lows of heroin addiction as brilliantly as Danny Boyles sophomore release, the film in question is of course Trainspotting. It follows a year in the lives of three drug addicts and their violent friend, the film is narrated by Ewan McGregor’s Renton. Renton’s friends consist of Ewen Bremners Spud, Johnny Lee Millers Sick Boy and Robert Carlyle’s Begbie. The mismatched group all have their own set of quirks with Renton’s questionably tight shirts, Spud taking ketamine before a job interview, Sick Boy’s affection for all things Roger Moore and Begbies desire to incite violence wherever he goes.
Danny Boyle is a mastermind behind the camera and Trainspotting is his crowning achievement, he mixes music with imagery like only a true genius can and keeps the viewer engaged. The film is not for everyone and if you not a fan of Irvine Welshes original novel then this is not a film for you, the film does not hold back in its raw depiction of the depravity that follows addiction and would make a great warning campaign if you showed as a companion piece to Darren Aronofsky’s masterpiece Requiem For A Dream.
The film is a benchmark for all British cinema to be measured by and has deserved its place as the classic it is seen as today. The whole cast are resoundingly brilliant, with each member leaving an impression on you, particular mention should go to Robert Carlyle who is astonishing as the repulsive Begbie. The film is Kelly Macdonald’s onscreen debut as a schoolgirl who has great chemistry with Renton. The film as a whole is stunning and whether you think you will like it or not everyone should watch it at least once.