Review: T2 Trainspotting

First there was an opportunity……then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home. They are waiting for him: Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment.
-Synopsis taken from IMDB

I feel like all my reviews at the moment are “The reason this film wasn’t brilliant was because it was, in essence, wasted potential.” But for me, that is the summary I would use for T2.

Spontaneous-Brain-Thoughts;
An aside… what is it with the only films being made at the moment being sequels and remakes? Is it that difficult to find more book adaptations or original plot ideas? The Oscar nominations might be a little heavy-going but at least they’re full of originality!

The vast majority of the film was setting the scene for the ‘betrayal’ and played largely off references to the first. This was certainly not a stand-alone-film. That isn’t an insult as it was advertised heavily as being a sequel to a cult classic. If you enjoyed the first, then you’re likely to enjoy the second. On the whole, if you went in expecting it to be as good, you were bound to be disappointed.

Begbie was being cast as the villain in this film and Robert Cartlyle was amazing. That man is such a versatile and outstanding actor. Ewan McGregor is fantastic in everything he’s in and the fact that he was able to get back into a character that initiated his career was admirable. I know that there was a disagreement between the director and him for a considerable length of time but hearing them talk about it on the Graham Norton show it’s clear that they’ve set all their differences aside. It was clear that this time around, these characters reached new depths I didn’t think fathomable.

There was a moment towards the end that would have changed my impression of the film substantially. In the first film they killed off a main character… and it actually added to the plot. I think we all knew they wouldn’t do it again. When that was happening… I found myself being amazed by the shock and I was empathetic for all of the characters. They didn’t, however, follow through with it… leaving me with a bit of a lackluster sensation about the film.

Random-Brain-Thoughts

Come on, guys! 2017 has to be better for film!!

Character writing = Good.
Plot = Hit and miss.
Acting = Incredible.
Enjoyment Factor = 6.5/10

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Review: Finding Dory

Wow. What. A. Disappointment. I haven’t felt this let down from a Disney (all be it Pixar) film since Chicken Little. 

After waiting months for a possible time to go and see it (birthdays, work and other commitments) I managed to get tickets for a midday showing on a Sunday. Yes, it was near the end of screening time. Yes, the cinema was mostly empty bar some ladies with their children. Yes, there wasn’t the euphoric height of excitement when you’re surrounded by buzzing fans… but I wanted to enjoy it!

Leaving the screen, I desperately tried to find some positives as I didn’t want to be left with such a negative feeling towards Pixar after all – they were the people who bought us Toy Story! (Now that’s how you do a sequel!) so the three positives I could find were as follows;

  1. The animation was brilliant. Sure, you could argue that Pixar never fails in terms of producing high-quality animations or that you would hope so given how much time/money was spent… but I don’t think you should diminish the fact that the finish was so aesthetically magnificent that every time the plot was sending you to sleep, you could still find some interesting to marvel at. 
  2. I did laugh on occasions (with the “follow me” “you’re in a cup” stuff not to mention the “mummies and daddies” section), but it wasn’t as frequent as I was expecting or hoping for.
  3. Baby Dory was super cute. It’s safe to say that the flashbacks to baby Dory with her big eyes and adorable forgetfulness

I was so keen to hold on to the fact that Pixar were way above producing something so mind numbing in plot that I started to clutch at straws in a deep and meaningful way. What if the repetitive nature of the film and the perpetual loop in the plot and script was there to essentuate how Dory must act on a daily basis, I thought. What if the way that Nemo never gave up on Dory is supposed to mimic how we shouldn’t write off Pixar. What if…? What if…? What if…? Then, I came to the conclusion that if that’s what they were trying to achieve, all they did was make me empathise with the people who try not to get frustrated with Dory because they’re watching and hearing the same stuff for two hours. 

On the plus side, the Pixar short that was on just before Finding Dory was lovely and so cute. It hit only appealed to the child in me that would be attracted to cuddling small fluffy animals, it also appealed to my maternal instincts and I did just want to wrap the little bird up and keep him safe! It was wonderful – full of remarkable animation! I’ve concluded that I must watch The Good Dinosaur soon and that I hope, with all my heart, it restores my faith in Pixar.