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A comedy that doesn't let principles stand in the way of progress.
15-year-old deep-thinker Oliver Tate struggles to initiate and maintain a relationship with Jordana, his devilish, dark-haired classmate. As his parents' marriage begins to fall apart, similar problems arise in his relationship with Jordana.
Remarkable, precocious coming of age tale that captures the wonder and burden of adolescent imagination, the cruelties and distresses of teenagers, and the comedy and sweetness of young love.
Good British films come by so rarely these days that when one does appear it is easy to be too gushing in its appraisal. Only time will tell if this is the case here but either way Submarine is still one of the most charming and downright entertaining British films of the last couple of years. The film follows Oliver Tate, a self-deluded but strangely likeable teenager as he tries to maintain his troubled relationship with his pyromaniac girlfriend and save his parents loveless marriage.
In story terms there is little originality to be had here as we follow a smart but socially awkward teen trying to traverse adolescence. The appeal comes in a razor sharp script, wonderful performances and…
Sweet, charming and beautifully shot. Many films claim the label “coming of age”. This one really earns it.
Every now and again I've avoided a movie based on a snippet of trailer that I've caught. Richard Ayoade's blackly comic coming of age drama was just such a film. I can't quite explain why as I've seen numerous good reviews for it, but it just never appealed. Film 4 however contrived to drop it right in my lap last night and I must admit to being a little embarrassed at just how good it was.
Craig Roberts plays Oliver Tate, an unusual 15 year old who can best be described as odd. He has a crush on a rather tempestuous young girl in school played by Yasmin Paige. Even as a forty something, there is something very likable about…
Such a bold directorial debut from Ayoade, so many films are making em proud to be British at the moment. Attack The Block is another one, I just feel like British cinema is so exciting at the moment!
Jordana is exactly the girl I wanted to be when I was fifteen. We even had the same haircut. Everything in this film seems so familiar, like it would have taken no planning at all, but at the same time it feels meticulous.
Kind of a cross between Harold and Maude and Science of Sleep. I don't know anyone who doesn't like this film.
What a great title for this film...There is so much going on beneath the surface.
For his feature debut, Richard Ayoade has decided to take on the oversaturated indie comedy genre. So many of these films try hard to come off as being unique, brilliant, deep, and more all at once. They're almost always overly stylistic and more often than not, sparse on laughs. This movie manages to circumvent many of these common pitfalls simply by being itself.
Submarine is a story about a boy trying to advance to the next stage of life. He wants a girlfriend, he doesn't wan to be picked on anymore, he's a hopeless romantic and a dreamer. Oliver Tate is a misguided youth and…
Not worth the hype.
more style than substance
This film is written by one of my favourite comedians, Richard Ayoade, and I could see his influence and comic genius throughout this film. Everything initially seemed to be extremely depressing, and yet a delightful story came out in the end.
The film had such a dark atmosphere around it, and I think that that was what made it so funny, as it was just too normal to be an exciting film, however at points it did actually become too normal, and a little boring, which occasionally made me lose interest.
Overall, this gets a 7 because it was indeed very enjoyable and hilarious, however it did slow down too much at points to keep a constant interest throughout.
Fantastic coming of age film, the best of its kind I've seen since Juno or Me and Earl the Dying Girl. Hilarious script, but also incredibly emotional and heartlfelt. A perfect film
I love movies with arsehole, insensitive protagonists. And I love movies that present characters in light and then shift it across to offer a different perspective in the second half, and for that reason, I love the character of Jordana. And I love Alex Turner's soundtrack. And I love the whole look of the film. Ayoade has a real flavour as far as visuals are concerned because this and The Double are both crammed with a lot of rich texture. And I love Sally Hawkins, that's something I'm becoming more aware of the more I see her.
But despite all this love this movie's sort of sad melancholy mixed with this sort of deadpan matter-of-fact awkward humour just didn't click with me for some reason. Was also expecting something more electric from Paddy Considine considering he wore a mullet for this and drove a van. I don't know what I expected but something more.
Diferente. A Craig Roberts no le pesa ni un poquito el protagonismo. Buena edición y aún mejor banda sonora.
De vergelijking met Wes Anderson gaat zeker op hier. Maar ik heb hier meer moeten lachen. Wat een beetje is met films die zo'n esthetieke trukjes gebruiken is dat het daar ook vaak mee valt of staat. Het is moeilijker ondervind ik om echt te identificeren met de personages waardoor het sneller een gimmick gevoel krijgt dan bij andere films. Hier vond ik het echter vrij goed werken. Ik weet zelfs niet of het trukje hier nodig was, want de personages waren zo leuk gecast net als de dialogen dat volgens mij de film ook wel zo had kunnen bestaan. Dat denk ik.
Lovely movie + beautiful and relaxing soundtrack, and great cinematography.
Depressing but comforting? I don't know, the events in the story are in no way close to my present real-life situation but I can somehow relate. Maybe it's the adolescence kicking in, and this is a perfect example of an adolescent film. Along with The Perks of Being A Wallflower and 17 Again. Two other movies I might need to write about soon.
This movie is pretty deep, it's definitely something a 'regular' movie audience might like, but if you're a deep thinker, this movie suits you the way it did to me.
Although what I understood overall from this story is that life will never be perfect. Things might fall into place but not permanently. Others might crash and burn, and you're gonna have to mend the broken parts once again. But then, you'll find your way out. And you're gonna end up okay.
That's what my teenage years has been all about, after all.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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218. "Camera falls from airplane and lands in pig pen-MUST WATCH END!!"