This film is beautiful, funny, shocking, brutal, tragic, and hopeful. First time I saw it, I didn't like it much, mostly because its so hard to understand those scottish accents, but I now view it as a genuine masterpiece and destined to become a classic.
Trainspotting is a story about a bunch of friends, and I use term 'friends' in the loosest sense, that have only one thing in common - they're all junkies. Every character is unique. Renton is the most 'normal' of the bunch, comes from a decent family, but keeps falling back into a life of crime and drugs. Sick Boy is ... man, i thought it'd be easier to explain this film...
lol... truth as I'm writing this, I realize that it's a really hard film to review, and even harder to explain WHY I loved it. It basically falls into a cult status film, best seen without any explanation given, and definitely requires multiple viewings before you can appreciate the beauty and humor behind the film. Some scenes are truly shocking (such as the dead baby) and gross (bathroom scene), but I guess the underlying theme is that drugs are bad, and for an addict, there are only 2 choices; choose drugs, or choose life.
and the soundtrack is legendary. I dont think any film will ever beet its track, even Pulp Fiction.