This was on C4 last night and was awesome, a real return to form for Irvine Welsh. I've said before I'm a huge fan of his books, but felt he'd had a tendency to lose his way a bit. Anyway this was a real treat. Set in Leith as are nearly all of his books it followed 4 friends' lives in the run up to one of them's wedding.
So far so much the same you'd probably say, but the fact these friends were all women and Welsh has had difficulties writing female characters in the past (well he has in my opinion) made for an interesting twist.
And it works. The women are believeable, he seems to have written them not as if they were women if you see what I mean. Hell I can't describe why it works, but it does, maybe he relaxed into the writing more rather than thinking "these are women what do they do?".
The acting was really great, Michelle Gomez, Shauna MacDonald and Kathleen McDermott being particularly great, Shirley Henderson was oddly not quite up to the mark though, which is odd as I really like her as an actress (well I find her attractive and she was great in 24 Hour Party People and errr hot in the Harry potter movies sad old wanker that I am).
The film had lots of real emotional stuff towards the end and had started as a real visceral comedy, Welsh's ideas for humorous happenings are very good (snorting the dog being particularly good - maybe you had to be there eh?), and it hung together well for the 2 hours it was on (with addies though so running time as a film'd be shorter).