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Director Jon S. Baird and author Irvine Welsh
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Reviewed by iwantmytvm on January 1st, 2020
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Baird and Welsh deliver, as expected, a commentary that is replete with self-deprecating humor. Baird adapted the book by Welsh so they naturally have much to say about the script, the dialogue and keeping it light on dialect. Welsh feels that the choice to hold auditions for all parts lead to a better cast, even for small roles. They tend to praise the cast a bit much, but with the awareness of doing so. Welsh believes that the performance by McAvoy was a revelation. They focus quite a bit on character motivations but also comment on maintaining a tonal balance and avoiding creating a film that would be too similar to Trainspotting. They point out Easter Egg details that most viewers would miss, the various locations involved (Sweden!) and influences from Stanley Kubrick upon the choices made by Baird. Nicely done.
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