is a very distinct cleverness to both the writing and the shooting of
this film. Writing as someone who understands Scottish? (being Ulster
Scots) the dialect and the language which are used in the film reflect
the research and detail that went into Walsh’s book. One of my
other favourite lines is the monologue where Renton describes what it
is like to be Scottish,
‘Doesn't it make you proud to be Scottish?’
Renton: ‘It's SH*TE being Scottish! We're the lowest of the low.
The scum of the f**king Earth! The most wretched miserable servile pathetic
trash that was ever shat on civilisation. Some people hate the English.
I don't. They're just w**kers. We, on the other hand, are colonised
by w**kers. Can't even find a decent culture to get colonised by. We're
ruled by effete **sholes. It's a sh*te state of affairs to be in, Tommy,
and all the fresh air in the world won't make any f**king difference!’
The set pieces such as the bottomless toilet or baby walk are clever
insights into how an addict would perceive the world and Danny Boyle
actually brings us inside the mind of the addict through these vehicles.
in mind also that this was the first big film for all the major actors
Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert
Carlyle and Kelly Macdonald. With the exception of ‘Priest’
(1994) Carlyle and ‘Shallow grave’ (1994) McGregor none
of these actors had EVER done anything significant and yet it was to
be this film that made them all. To be honest I can’t think of
any other comparison with any other film.
are several clear moral messages throughout the film concerning drugs,
friendships, trust, violence and sexual health – none of which
are preachy and all of which are affective. It’s got strong language
and disturbing scenes but neither of these are reasons not to see one
of British Cinemas greatest movies.