hayden’s review published on Letterboxd:
For a film so confronting, disconcerting and disgustingly grimy, it holds a polarity of beauty and warmth and delivers a hit better than your best orgasm, multiplied by twenty. Trainspotting commits entirely to its skinhead exterior to truly implant its eccentricity in your unsuspecting little brain.
Danny Boyle’s characters are the perfect representations of the insurmountable class struggle that infects this world. All four of our leads show sparks of intelligence on the hunt for reprieve, whilst also being the biggest group of dropkicks you’ve probably seen in a while. For a movie that charges headfirst into commentary like this, it’s pivotal that the audience cares for the characters, so they can laugh at their victories and be infuriated at their mishaps. It is such a relief to know that Trainspotting nailed this element.
A film like Requiem for a Dream was so far up it’s own ass, it couldn’t understand how important this element is if it was injected into the forefront of its consciousness. You can’t say these movies aren't tackling the same ideas, and you certainly can’t tell me Boyle’s success here didn’t influence Aronofsky’s so-called masterpiece. In order for this film to be as influential as it is, it needed to get it all right, it needed to go beyond visceral gore, drug use and sex; it needed to work on a level this kind of action doesn’t automatically speak to, and it does.
Trainspotting is a must-see for everyone from all walks of life, and I think it can teach something to all who give it the light of day. It makes me happy to know that Boyle got it so right the first time round, and that everything since has been fucking miles off the pace.