Movie Reviews: Trainspotting

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Transpotting directed by Danny Boyle

I’ve tried to read the book, but to be honest, I couldn’t understand the thick dialect. I flipped through to my favorite parts, but it wasn’t the same. As a writer, this is something that doesn’t happen to often.

The movie begins with beginning of journey of self discovery:  “Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin can openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol and dental insurance. Choose fixed-interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose a three piece suite on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pishing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked-up brats you have spawned to replace yourself. Choose your future. Choose life . . . But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life: I chose something else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you’ve got heroin?”

Not for everyone, this film depicts heroin users in Edinburgh and how they deal with their addiction and poverty. When I first saw it, I thought it was a little disturbing. If the most disgusting toilet in the world doesn’t get you, the scene with the baby will. Crazy and a bit nauseating … but this is the effect Danny Boyle is going for. He is a brilliant director and one of my current favorites.

I first watched the film after learning Ewan McGregor was going to play Obi-Wan in Star Wars Episode I and boy, was I excited after seeing this. How bold of a choice to pick such a gritty actor.  It wasn’t until my Senior year that I saw Episode I and denial, anger, and more denial set in. Ewan McGregor is a talented actor when given the right part. Johnny Lee Miller aka Mr.Jolie#1 is also in the film. He does an okay job. Robert Carlyle is who steals the show though. He is over-acting, but it adds to the picture.

The movie ends with the discovery: “The truth is that I’m a bad person. But, that’s gonna change – I’m going to change. This is the last of that sort of thing. Now I’m cleaning up and I’m moving on, going straight and choosing life. I’m looking forward to it already. I’m gonna be just like you. The job, the family, the fucking big television. The washing machine, the car, the compact disc and electric tin opener, good health, low cholesterol, dental insurance, mortgage, starter home, leisure wear, luggage, three piece suite, DIY, game shows, junk food, children, walks in the park, nine to five, good at golf, washing the car, choice of sweaters, family Christmas, indexed pension, tax exemption, clearing gutters, getting by, looking ahead, the day you die.”

How Roger Ebert gave this only 1 out of 4 stars is mind boggling.

GUEST REVIEW: “SNOT”

AYA DID YUV ENJOYO WEE MOVIE DID YUV? I DINNAE WAN TAE SEE YA FACE IN YE PUB IF YE GONNAE NOT PAE RAESPECS. YE WISNAE SAE DA RIGHT STUFF. SO I DINNAE HAFTA CALL BATBOY TAE COM HITTIN YAE. HAE CANNAE STOAP HITTIN FOWLKES INDAE FACE. WHY AMAE YELLIN?!?!?

Movie Review: 9/10 Pints at the Pub

NEXT: A REVIEW OF A DANNY BOYLE FILM, STEVE JOBS

https://mmleonard.com/2016/03/19/movie-reviews-steve-jobs/

 

 

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