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Superficially glancing at the serious implications of drug use and addiction without deigning to engage, it's little more than an empty high followed by a numb comedown.
It's fun and heavy; fast and slow; a comedy and a commentary - but mostly, this is something best experienced on a big screen.
Wordy and worthy, it makes a sweet cinematic monument to the contemporary Dublin rave scene, while reveling in the seductive energy of a good party.
The endeavour is undeniable. The Trainspotting/Human Traffic moxie, admirable. You do wonder, though, if Dublin Oldschool bit off more than it could chew.
Too many people speak (or think) in the same voice.
Tynan's film is laden down with aimless chatter, and its plot meanders drearily towards a country rave that seems curiously old-fashioned, and feels like a piece of Dublin's past, not its present.
Dublin Oldschool is consistently uproarious in its portrait of young Dubliners always looking for bants and raves, and the party-loving lads are what can only be described as a gas collection of characters.
On a purely visceral level, Dublin Oldschool is easily the most intoxicating movie out there right now, but as a drama, it isn't as effective.
Exhilarating though it may be, and elevated by Kirwan's poetry, the sheer speed of delivery coupled with strong accents and slang can make this Irish Trainspotting a - literally - semi-coherent trip, particularly during exchanges between the two leads.
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