I’ve annoyed far too few people with this topic and since I haven’t talk about it yet to you, it’s time you all get familiar with my favourite film: Trainspotting.
Trainspotting (1996) is probably the first film I have seen with all the lads within my group present and that we all liked to the same degree. Even hearing the soundtrack Lust for Life by Iggy Pop, takes me back to that particular afternoon. I’ve seen it over 30 times since then. I consider myself a trainspotting-addict.
To me it’s an introduction to a world I’ve never had seen before. I see some parts of society that were new to me or hidden, I learn loads of things. And ofcourse it is a 90’s film!
Funny that I wrote addict, because that is one of the themes in the film. A bunch of heroin addicts struggling with day to day life in Scotland. My parents described it as very dark, sinister and negative. But somehow they don’t see the beauty I see in it.
The Scottish accents, the acting, the soundtracks, the moodswings, footballculture and even the lifestyle (if you let go the drugs obviously). It attracts me to this film, it has a flow. A direction. A lesson. I don’t know how to describe it precisely, but just go watch it lads and lassies.
A few of my musical heroes are in the soundtrack: Iggy Pop, Brian Eno, Blur, Damon Albarn, New Order, Pulp, Lou Reed, David Bowie, Joy Division. Do I need to say more? This is fucking biblical mate. (Yes, a little Peaky Blinders in there.)
The news about a new film hadn’t directly overfilled me with joy, because there has been so many news on the sequel for the past year. I didn’t really believe it straight away, but no they are going to start filming it in May! Awesomeness overflows in my house for sure.
A lot of people say it can never be as good as the first one, but a) it’s a complete different timeline and different view of the characters b) imagine the people who loved the first one going into the sequel and telling younger generations about their experiences with the first one. I think it’s only a good thing we cherish films that are not mainly superduperpositive. There is much beauty in films with a depressing setting and trainspotting is one those examples.
If you haven’t seen it, go watch it and let me know what you think about it! This is a case of I love it or I hate it. I can understand that, but I just want to know your take on it 🙂