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.
MY GOD THIS FILM IS AWKWARD.
I can't handle it, it was awkwardly funny, awkwardly cute, just fucking awkwardly awkward but it awkwardly worked.
Oliver Tate is a beautiful name, first of all. It has such a ring to it, Oliver Tate went to school. Oliver Tate ate a cat. Oliver Tate has a friend named Tate Oliver. IT IS SO CATCHY. I'M NAMING MY SON OLIVER TATE.
This film makes me awkward.
Awkward, even the word looks awkward.
I liked this.
Sweet, charming and beautifully shot. Many films claim the label “coming of age”. This one really earns it.
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.
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…
"This is the part where you leave him and come with me."
I was fully prepared to hate this movie starting with the first scene. The text on the first screen screamed pretentious, as if they were saying, 'we're going to be up our own arses with this movie but it's okay because we're lamp shading it humorously.' The movie was ugly, the characters were unlikable – – especially Jordana – – and no one really came across as sympathetic.
But two scenes really turned me around. The first one was when Oliver's dad makes him a mix tape to help him through his first relationship. One side of the tape is happy songs, and the other side is break…
To start this isn't really my genre of film. The kind of coming of age, high school love films with the awkward protagonists who somehow manages to get the girl. Usually I find them nauseating. However I didn't feel that from this film. What I liked is that the film didn't seem to go for the quirky indie vibe like in Perks of being a Wallflower for example. This seemed more grounded and real. This story has been done over and over again like I said with the awkward main character falling in love, having family issues at home, but eventually everything works out. With other movies though I always get this feeling of exaggeration.
The girl the awkward teen…
The talent alone is enough to blow anyone away, but it felt experimental. As if Ayoade was just testing out the water in this style of film.
Submarine is that video you uploaded to a high-end version of Youtube and got a surprisingly positive response to.
Also, Paige is a helluvan actress.
Film was on my watch list for a while after the appearance of Craig Roberts in Skins. I have a real love for films in the UK as their acting always a real and subtle vibe of comedy. After watching it I found the themes interesting and something that reminding me a little of Twilight o.O
The whole tortured girl who smokes and is quite reserved. Although it didn't have the have the same mush love crap like Twilight. I like how you see Oliver try to keep his cool throughout although his actions to stay ‘cool’ make him out to be a real dick. Jordana was easily my favorite performance and thought her style and themes were right down…
I watched Submarine not knowing what to expect, other than a coming of age film with 'that guy from Tracy Beaker.' I'm pleased to say that, although a bit uneven story-wise, I really enjoyed this film. I was surprised by the strength of its lead performances, and impressed with the way it balanced humour and real issues. It's a charming, awkward film, albeit one that I'm not sure would stand up to multiple viewings.
A great coming-of age story where the main character thinks he is a lot more mature than he actually is. Woody Allen would be proud.
"Listen, look, i know you think I'm very boring, you know... but once i ripped my vest off in front of a woman, and err... it was very effective actually. It produced a very atavistic response."
I am a fan of Richard Ayoade, but mainly his role in The IT Crowd, so I went into watching Submarine as if it would be a full on comedy like Ayoade's roles in films and television. However, I later discovered that Submarine is rather a coming-of-age drama than a full of comedy, although comedic elements are still conveyed.
Submarine is such a good movie that I think a lot of people can relate to, hell, I even related to it. But I can't say why because it'll spoil the movie, which is too good to spoil.
Shout out to the amazing soundtrack by Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys, The Last Shadow Puppets).
Ayoade's experience with indie music video is a little too apparent, what with the musical montages filled with stylish shots of the ocean, sunsets, firecrackers, etc. However, for such a hackneyed subject matter, it's touching and quite lovely. The acting was great.
DVD review from 2011:
Richard Ayoade’s directorial debut (based on the novel by Joe Dunthorne) finally comes to DVD and Blu-ray. Despite being critically well-received, it only made a modest splash at the UK box office. So can it find the audience it deserves on the small screen?
Set in South Wales in the 1980′s, precocious 15 year old day-dreamer Oliver Tate (Roberts) is trying to balance his own personal life and that of his parents Jill & Lloyd (Hawkins & Taylor). Just as he starts going out with red-duffle coat wearing bad girl Jordana (Paige), he senses his parents drifting apart. Matters are complicated when an old flame of Jill’s moves in next door; Graham (Considine), a mulleted, martial arts practicing,…
Captures the pain, awkwardness and tentative optimism of adolescence as well as any film I've seen. Playful yet honest, with a brilliant soundtrack by Alex Turner.
not a bad movie. from a technical standpoint, it does a lot of things right. the directing is good, the dialogue is witty, and the acting is well done. but for some reason, i found myself not really enjoying this film. as i just finished it, it's hard to put my finger on exactly what I didn't like, but I think I just found the characters very hollow. emotionally i was unaffected and it didn't make me feel anything, beside from a few good laughs. if you're looking for a dry and witty coming of age story this is a pretty decent movie to watch, just not for me. [aside: the director's use of color was interesting and i would like to know more about what he was trying to depict with his use of the colors blue and red which are found all throughout the film]