Trainspotting is a beautifully rendered film from start to finish. Its heroin-use sequences leave the viewer in a dream-like state, and the gritty aesthetic grounds the story in reality. The story manages to be depressing and humorous and the same time, a trait that makes its tale much easier to digest than Requiem for a Dream‘s relief-devoid hopelessness. Ewan McGregor plays Renton, a heroin addict doing his best to quit, with passion and skill. Kevin McKidd plays Tommy, who I found to be one of the most fascinating characters in the film. I don’t want to give away too much, but pay close attention to his interactions with Renton and his character’s arc.
A must-watch for any lover of film. Trainspotting explores sensitive subject matter with tragic and hilarious grace.