It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we’ll recommend a slice of classic movie viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s Trainspotting.
“Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family.” Choose Danny Boyle’s lovably delinquent dive into the highs and lows of Scottish drug culture in the ’90s.
Armed with the perfect cast, a killer curated soundtrack and lots of reckless energy, Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge successfully translated the often impenetrable prose of Irvine Welsh’s cult novel into a film that defined an era. Iggy Pop’s Lust for Life is the opening theme, but Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) and his misfit mates don’t have much of a lust for anything beyond heroin – although Renton is determined to get clean and choose life. A masterful blend of comedy and tragedy that deftly captures UK youth culture and the music of the period, Trainspotting spells out in no uncertain terms that drugs are bad, without being didactic and depressing.
Four reasons why Trainspotting rocks:
1. The propulsive soundtrack – Iggy Pop, Blur, New Order, Lou Reed, Pulp, and more.
2. “The worst toilet in Scotland.”
3. Spud’s soiled sheets.
4. Robert Carlyle’s berserk Begbie.
Check out STACK‘s previous Friday Flick recommendations here.