[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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.
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.
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.
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…
Ayoade shows some really great promise. My problems were mostly with the handling of the subtext (the movie has one of those scenes where the lead character just explains what the title means) and what felt like at times uneven characterization. Enjoyed it overall though.
Believable and amusing enough. I feel almost like I should like two characters that make bullying the foundation of their relationship a little less, but feel that would just be some pointless whining from a geezer that grew up in the very pc nineties. It has nothing to do, really, with the film being likable.
A beautiful and tragic film about young love. I enjoyed every minute of this.
An excellent depiction of a coming of age teenager portrayed by up and coming actor Craig Roberts. Richard Ayoade is quickly becoming one of my favourite people ever, and this film is just an excellent reason as to why. Following the thoughts of a sometimes logically brilliant, yet sometimes emotionally flawed character, the depiction of Oliver Tate's quest towards becoming an adult is a rocky one as he makes mistakes, burns bridges but ultimately finds his way in the end.
Very relatable and some excellent writing and characters to top off what is an excellent picture overall. I for one can't wait to see more of Richard Ayoade, and for that matter Craig Roberts more often in the film scene.
An underrated, if flawed, coming of age drama, that is worthy of viewing. Submarine is effortlessly relatable, funny, re-watchable, charming, ambiguous, and questions the intelligence of the viewer.
Submarine's protagonist, Oliver Tate, is a personification of narcissism. Everything he does is in order to better his circumstances. He meddles in the lives of others in order to repair his, and practically every way he approaches any situation is with tunnel vision. Even the movie itself opens with a paragraph written to the audience from Oliver, stating that what you're about to see is a biopic of his life, and should be watched with respect. That brand of meta the film relishes in isn't overdone, either. It's approached in as deadpan a manner as the main character's voice. He's not a cartoon character, he's a perfectly trimmed grounded level of egotisical. But, it's a character trait that's perfectly balanced…
Better than most Wes Anderson films, whether or not it is derivative.
Very very good.
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
- Miller's Crossing
- Army of Shadows
- Boudu Saved from Drowning
Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…
- The Pitfall
- The Night of the Hunter
- Dead Man's Letters
- Reservoir Dogs
What are the great directorial debuts?
To be clear, I am talking about feature debuts - they may have worked…