[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…
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.
Sweet, charming and beautifully shot. Many films claim the label “coming of age”. This one really earns it.
Richard Ayoade, an actor who has struck gold in his contributions for The IT Crowd with Chris O’Dowd, unmistakable with his awkward and often humorous line delivery and the distinct physical appearance he displays within the frame, at times a scene stealer when given the right material. Now the actor has pursued a more ambitious career behind the camera, starting with his indie romance-drama Submarine.
In its initial moments, I found myself impressed by Ayoade’s technical delivery, with the camera rarely standing idle, emphasising the most mundane of moments for either humour or for sheer aesthetic, while in some cases acting as an opportunity to pay homage to those who have influenced him previously and during the production of the…
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.
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…
"I find that the only way to get through life is to picture myself in an entire disconnected reality."
I'll just quote Dirk van Eck and say: "Submarine is a tragicomedy, but its comical aspects are not funny enough and its tragedy not touching. Luckily, what remains is still a charming indie picture."
When an angsty teenager with an overactive imagination is forced to deal with grown-up life issues, the end result is Submarine.
Throughout the movie, the confusing/amusing antics Oliver Tate finds himself in are by-products of his inability to process and communicate things clearly, he is also incredibly paranoid and assive-aggressive in ways. Maybe I'm just projecting myself into a fictional character but that's how I see him. I'm a decade older yet I still act (AND THINK!!) this way sometimes. Every year I level up when it comes to my age yet I can't say the same with my immaturity.
On a side note, my favorite scene is the tap water scene. I won't spoil anything, but Lloyd Tate's line "Can you turn the tap off, please" was just too perfect. Oliver must have been reading too many mystery books.
Heavily inspired by Wes Anderson, Hal Ashby, Woody Allen, J.D. Salinger... ok lets face, the list goes on and on. Richard Ayoade is clearly a film scholar, and gets the coming-of-age formula down to a science. Yes, we've seen a story like this before, and done just as well. But we need more filmmakers to carry down old traditions. Submarine is thus a classic film. Really funny and beautifully shot. We need more films from Ayode.
Great 'coming of age' comedy/drama film. The soundtrack was on point.
#16 in my collection rewatch. (Going back to #16 because it only just arrived in the mail).
This is Richard Ayoade's Rushmore.
My comment on this film:
"Enormously relatable and possessing a nearly Wes Anderson like brand of quirkiness, Richard Ayoade's debut is emotionally absorbing and fascinating. The performances from the two young leads are awesome, and the supporting cast is great as well. Alex Turner's soundtrack works perfectly throughout the film, of course."
At one point I watched 30 minutes of this and stopped. I have no idea how.
Calm and coolly even keel in all instances, Richard Ayoade's first feature still is an enjoyable ride with its share of quirks and the type of introspection that you expect from a coming-of-age film.
It has a matter of fact approach to this story of young school age teenager Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts), who narrates his journey pursuing his aloof love Jordana (Yasmin Paige) while worrying about the relationship of his parents.
The soundtrack is filled with tunes from Arctic Monkeys front man Alex Turner and they lend themselves to the low key tone and laid back atmosphere of this story. It has drama certainly, but it comes from a boy who often feels sunk. Submerged in the world. It may take place in the U.K., but his tale rings universal to be sure.
I am a huge fan of Richard Ayoade's newest movie, The Double, and this other movie of his was recommended to me by a friend, so I decided to watch it. It's definitely not as good as The Double for me, but it has its charm.
Filmed in a bleak Welsh village, Submarine is a thing of beauty. The landscape is incredibly alluring and the music complements the visuals perfectly. The camerawork is also excellent and the acting is good as well. No faults on the technical parts.
The story however, has its faults. It's simple enough, an odd 15 year old who wants a girlfriend and has family problems is the main character, but sadly he is not such…
Poignant, economical and distinct British coming-of-romance
A wonderful debut feature from Richard Ayoade with two sensational principal performances out of nowhere making it happen. I loved the way this film wore itself lightly, with a surface wit and nouvelle-vague jump-cut skip to its step. At the same time deep - Submarine deep? - things are stirring, not least in the uncompromising but nicely pitched score by Andrew Hewitt.
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