Trainspotting.docx - Spring M Gonzalez Professor B Flynn English 228-I01 Trainspotting Movie v Book Adaptation Trainspotting is a 1996 film that was

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Spring M. Gonzalez Professor B. Flynn English 228-I01 November 20, 2019 Trainspotting: Movie v. Book Adaptation Trainspotting is a 1996 film that was directed by Danny Boyle. This adaptation is from the controversial novel that was written by a Scottish author, Irvine Welsh in 1993 Trainspotting is the story about Mark and his so-called friends, a bunch of liars, losers, junkies, psychos and thieves. Trainspotting is the epitome of all metaphors, especially when it comes to this film and book. Aside from some wallpaper that is seen from time to time, this perfect metaphor is used to portray the dreary drug habits that are maintained by its characters. This would be the best representation of glorifying youth at its worst. While the movie and book are both set in the 1980s, we, as the audience or reader, are exposed to the world of Mark Renton, a seemingly underclass antihero of Edinburgh. The story follows him through what he believes is his failure to fit in within a normal society. While he is the narrator of the story, it is not all about him. Danny Boyle had the perfect amount of resolution and clarity that he added from the book to be able to make the most memorable moments clear. There are many surreal images that can only be brought to life by the way of cinematics. One of the best scenes for this that comes to mind is when Renton (McGregor) is using the toilet at what would be referred to as the dirtiest toilet in all of Scotland. In this specific scene, he is seen putting his hands in the toilet full of
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waste in order to get back the suppositories that he had recently used. It goes from just showing his hands in the bowl to him swimming in the waste matter to get them back. This image is just not the same reading it in the book. Boyle, in order to keep the movie as realistic as possible and stay faithful to the book, did keep the Scottish dialect and the way Renton’s rambling dialogues. The dialect if rather hard to read phonetically in the book. This was done to help keep it more relatable. He did introduce a good bit of humor into the movie, even if you may find it hard to watch at certain points. This also helps make it more surreal than what the novel itself is.
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