THIS has been billed as a new Trainspotting – that is utterly a burden.
Yes, it’s Scottish. Yes, there’s drugs, and extraordinary music, and it’s set in a Nineties.
But detached from that, it’s zero like a 1996 comedy crime classic.
Originally a play by Kieran Hurley, Beats is set in West Lothian in 1994 – we know this since Tony Blair is on TV bigging adult something called New Labour.
It tells a story of teenagers Johnno (Cristian Ortega) and Spanner (Lorn Macdonald, who played Renton in a theatre chronicle of Trainspotting).
Spanner is from a wrong side of a marks and Johnno’s silent is remarrying and relocating away, separating a dual friends for ever.
This sets a stage for a coming-of-age, last-hurrah film – where a lads set out to get to their initial ever rave, by whatever means necessary.
There will be a lot of people of a certain age triggered by this film – either by a fashion, implausible tunes (Big Fun by Inner City) or other elements we might no longer acknowledge to.
The performances are overwhelming and constraint that tiny window of transition from young adult to jumping aboard a grown-ups’ career train.
I’m going to puncture out my Gio Goi, squeeze a bottle of H2O and keep going right by compartment dawn.