Friday, June 24, 2011

Trainspotting (1996)

Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) is a junkie. So are his friends. Mark Renton wants to "choose life". What to do?

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Making a ultra-stylish film is always a gamble. When it works you are a genius and every film student out there tries to copy you. When it doesn't work, you end up looking like one of those film students. Though Danny Boyle has made a few films that would fall into the latter category (A Life Less Ordinary, The Beach) the vast majority of his career has fortunately been the former. This is because Boyle understands rhythm. Unlike fellow countryman Guy Ritchie, he knows when to assault and when to pull back. Nowhere is this better exemplified than in the masterpiece that is Trainspotting

Through his "in your face" style, Boyle is able to approximate the euphoria of heroin use. And through the quieter moments he's able to capture the "come down" feeling when find yourself in a decrepit room, with a needle in your arm, surrounded by nodding out junkies. Highs and lows baby. Highs and lows.

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