Monday, March 1, 2010

Movie of the Week - Trainspotting

This week’s movie is Trainspotting (1996).

The film is a comedy/drama based on Irvine Welsh’s novel about a young man deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene who tries to get out and get clean despite the allure of that around him, his friends, drugs, social situation. The film was the breakout hit for Danny Boyle (who won a best director Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire), which got him a deal with Fox and international exposure. Boyle worked with many of his early frequent collaborators on the film including: actor Ewan McGregor, writer John Hodge, producer Andrew Macdonald, cinematographer Brian Tufano, editor Masahiro Hirakubo, production designer Kave Quinn, and music by Underworld. This team helped shape the look and feel of most of Boyle’s work. The film has a great cast in addition to McGregor, especially Ewen Bremmer, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, and then newcomer Kelly Macdonald. What makes the film great is its characters, its soundtrack, the dialogue – the experience of watching the film, being engrossed in the culture that the film portrays. Check out the trailer.

Trainspotting [Blu-ray/DVD]

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