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Trainspotting (1996): Surprisingly, the Soundtrack Isn’t the Worst Thing About It

Trainspotting (Danny Boyle, 1996)
[originally posted 22Feb2000]

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Ah, nineties fashion…

Okay, so after rejecting this one out of hand for years because I hated every band on the soundtrack, I finally decided to give it a try. And afterwards, I not only hate every band on the soundtrack and every song they contributed, I also hate the movie and want to kill Ewan MacGregor. If you want to see a really good movie about the horrors of drug use, you’d do a lot better with the two recognized classics in the genre, Drugstore Cowboy and Kids. This is old territory, only worth going over if you find some redeeming quality in the soundtrack. (zero)

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

One response »

  1. theycallmetater

    It’s been a long time since I’ve seen this one or Drugstore Cowboy. Somehow, I never actually watched Kids. I remember liking both Trainspotting and Drugstore Cowboy. It’s been so long, though, I couldn’t tell you which I liked more when I saw them.


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