Trainspotting is from the oh-so-cool Pulp Fiction mold, the late-90s cult film that’s too popular to be a cult. I think this turned me off it first time round, and so I avoided it. But having seen it now, it does have some appeal, despite the largely unpleasant storyline and one genuinely shocking scene. The film walks a tightrope between promoting heroin use as acceptable (although never normal, never glamorous), and showing the downside. But it does have the guts to point out that heroin feels great - 1000 times better than an orgasm can’t be that bad, right? The consensual, liberal attitude of the film has appeal.
Nevertheless, Trainspotting really is a disgusting film - certainly not something to watch during dinner. It’s quite stylistic - a lot of the interior scenes are highly coloured, and there’s a club interior quite obviously stolen from A Clockwork Orange. There’s plenty of comedy, that peaks at a montage of sex scenes with mostly unexpected consequences.