Danny Boyle is one of my favorite directors after only seeing 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire. Trainspotting, although it doesn’t quite match the visual style of the latter two it does have a very distinct feel and look, and even sound to it.
The film is a dark, funny look at the druggies from over the pond. Ewan McGregor, in a role I’d never see him in, leads a motley crew of social rejects, losers, and even sadistically angry young adults. The movie follows him getting arrested, coming clean, falling backwards, and some betrayal and large drug deals just for added measure.
Everything works together in Trainspotting. Like his newer films, the acting, music, editing, and even the backdrop all work as one unit to bring you into this environment. The most bizzarre moment in the film, is also my favorite. While McGregor’s character, Renton is detoxing, a steady stream of strange hallucinations play out before him, including dead baby crawling on the ceiling. The scene, is unsettling, disturbing, and just plain freaky. And it shows just how many directions this film can go. There are strange moments, laugh out loud moments, sad moments; it all combines in this esquisite British film.