Alex and I wanted to find something to watch together (transatlantically, of course). It had to be something we both hadn't seen and nothing too heavy. I suggested Upside Down as the premise seemed interesting and Timothy Spall can generally do no wrong. I'm a sucker for a romance with a twist. Plus it felt a bit appropriate given the circumstance (two hearts, two separate worlds).
This is the sort of film that I really want to like. The story…
If all you'd have to say of this film is "ugh this film was so boring, nothing happened! *gumchew*" ... I'm afraid we cannot be friends.
Sofia is one of the few directors in Hollywood to make films where a whole lot happens without special effects, explosions, and in most cases - dialogue.
I actually kind of fucking loved this film.
The thing is...
It's quite simple to find a film that tries to be funny, quirky, and original but that falls short in all three. This film does try to be those things but it actually works. I'm a fan of nuanced anything in films, probably because so few achieve it. Submarine catches you off guard with jokes where you wouldn't expect them. So well-written, well-shot, well-acted it's a wonder we've not seen another full-length feature from director Ayoade before.
Includes a good list of reasons one might need to consider sleeping with someone.