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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Sally Hawkins
Noah Taylor
Craig Roberts
Yasmin Paige
Paddy Considine.
Directors
Richard Ayoade.
Screenwriters
Richard Ayoade.
Running Time
97 minutes

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Submarine
Warning: contains no submarines


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Plot
Oliver Tate (Roberts) is besotted with Jordana (Paige), a feisty girl in his class. Yet, as he embarks on his first relationship, he also frets over that of his parents (Hawkins and Taylor), a situation exacerbated by one of his mum's exes (Considine) moving in down the road.


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Submarine
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Before Submarine, Richard Ayoade’s steps towards the big screen were tentative tiptoes: little cameos in the little-seen likes of Festival and Bunny And The Bull. It doesn’t help that, despite winning over many with his man-robot antics in The IT Crowd as über-nerd Moss, playing alongside Chris O’Dowd’s mildly more worldly Roy, acting is hardly his forte. Indeed, it is behind the camera that Ayoade has finally found his cinematic feet. And, boy, can he dance.

Submarine is, simply, a joy. A joy jostled by the comedy of discomfort, sure, but like early Wes Anderson (a comparison that no doubt makes Ayoade squirm, but his film bears it well), its quirkier and darker tendencies are leavened by the warmth and likability of his characters; Ayoade even manages to make you sympathise with Paddy Considine’s mullet-crested bullshit guru — a man so self-absorbingly ignorant he can tell a room of people that “light is the most important gift we have from the universe” and believe it.

Besides flagging up his love for the medium through savvy visual references and some well-played fourth wall-breaking (listen out for the voiceover gag about crane shots and zooms), Ayoade has also cast his debut perfectly. And we’re not just talking about the adults, including two of the UK’s best actors (Considine and Sally Hawkins) and one of Australia’s most underrated (Noah Taylor). Craig Roberts (an oddly appealing facial blend of James McAvoy and Martin Freeman) and Yasmin Paige (whose Jordana is burly yet vulnerable) make a wonderful couple, his hesitant introversion balanced by her fiery extroversion. Oliver spends most of the film hanging in doorways, while Jordana is the kind of girl who prefers to slam doors.

Both are considerably assisted by Ayoade’s humdinger of a script (adapted from Joe Dunthorne’s novel). Their virginity-losing date, for example, begins with Jordana snapping, “Thanks for living up a fucking hill”, and concludes with her warning, “Don’t get cocky.” Meanwhile, Oliver talks of brief hat phases and routine searches of his parents’ bedroom, while at one point poignantly reflecting, with truly adolescent angstiness, that “we’re all travelling under the radar and there’s nothing we can do about it”. Well, one thing is for certain: Ayoade’s time under the radar is well and truly over.


Verdict
A perfect blend of cool, quirky comedy and warm-hearted drama, crafted with such poise that it should see the transcendence of Ayoade from TV nerd-comic to true big-screen talent.


Reviewed by Dan Jolin

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Brilliant

Submarine was just brilliant, and completely took me by surprise. It wears it's influences on it's sleeve and is proud to show them off. people say Wes Anderson is Ayoade's main influence, but to me it felt like the french new wave films of the 60's. He films Yasmin Paige like Godard filmed Anna Karina, and it's beautiful to watch. Another huge telling of Ayoade's influences include the Le Samourai and Passion Of Joan Of Arc posters seen in the background of some scenes. I loved the artistic sty... More

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Posted by Coyleone at 23:11, 12 November 2012 | Report This Post


Cool, quirky and refreshingly unique...

Submarine, soundtracked by the brilliant sounds of Alex Turner, is a perfect choice for many indie loving cinema goers and has appeal to many others. It is the story of a unordinary teenager juggling romance and saving his parents marriage told with humour, impressively artistic visuals and heart. ... More

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Posted by trainedasninja at 00:10, 02 June 2012 | Report This Post


Yelloubmarine

Englands got so many great filmmakers at the moment. This along with Shame, Black Biscuit, Weekend, Tyrannosaurus. You know why that is ? Because of the lack of funds filmmakers have had to simplify their movies and go back to the core of human feelings. Simple, profound, and funny. A real winner. ... More

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Posted by Friendsknew at 16:56, 01 December 2011 | Report This Post


brilliant yet subtle

saw it yesterday and feel like celebrating it. maybe it's not a masterpiece, it's just a honestly great movie. fair enough. brainy and light at the same time. it moves on a tight rope between comedy and drama in such a subtle way that, yes, this is poetry. monsieur Ayoade, chapeau! ... More

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Posted by brunobonisiol at 11:32, 11 October 2011 | Report This Post


Brilliant Up There With The Best Of 2011

Brilliant is not an overstatement this film is a joy it is clever and funny and full of delightful nuance it will definitely make you laugh. The acting is brilliant Craig Roberts's Oliver Tate is simply one of the most subtly funny and intelligent characters I have ever seen in film I love how he likes to imagine things like memories being in super 8 and how he analyses things in general but he is also growing up. Don't wait for this to be shown on telly on Film4 just rent it now heck buy it fo... More

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Posted by Bighousewill at 15:25, 09 July 2011 | Report This Post


It's just one of those films you just need to see............

I'm writing this out very late after seeing Submarine when it came out. I can't remeber for such a long time, a film so stylish, hypnotic and emotive as this. this is a film that has something I just cannot put my finger on! I yearn to see it again!, I feel I need to show it to everyone I know! Yasmin Paige's performance is spellbinding you find yourself impatiently waiting for what she says and does next. An example would be The "kiss me" taunts that are cruel yet so funny and wel... More

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Posted by giallo at 01:52, 29 May 2011 | Report This Post


It's just one of those films you just need to see............

I'm writing this out very late after seeing Submarine when it came out. I can't remeber for such a long time, a film so stylish, hypnotic and emotive as this. this is a film that has something I just cannot put my finger on! I yearn to see it again!, I feel I need to show it to everyone I know! Yasmin Paige's performance is spellbinding you find yourself impatiently waiting for what she says and does next. An example would be The "kiss me" taunts that are cruel yet so funny and wel... More

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Posted by giallo at 01:52, 29 May 2011 | Report This Post


Thank you Richard...

Submarine is artistically beautiful, stylishly cool, flooded with pitch perfect dry humor, genuinely touching in it's modest drama, and above all perfectly captures adolescence...It is a pity that so many will dismiss this film under the umbrella of "quirky, arty, indie etc." it is an unmissable directorial debut from Mr. Ayoade... ... More

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Posted by IJustWantToBeAHero at 12:25, 10 April 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Submarine

I enjoyed it a lot sort of reminded me of Garden State a little, really like the lead i've seen him in Being/Becoming Human & seems to have a natural dry wit about him. A solid  8/10 ... More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 13:07, 30 March 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Submarine

Saw this yesterday. Thought there was a really strong Wes Anderson influence throughout. Enjoyed the first two thirds better than the last, just because I felt that Oliver's various imagined scenes such as the schoolyard grief at his untimely demise (death of a saint), and his picturing of what his parents break up would actually look like (cold and civilised) were the funniest things in it, and these tailed off towards the end. Brilliantly acted throughout. Loved the painfully true to lif... More

Posted by ktmurphy at 17:03, 28 March 2011 | Report This Post


Submarine

Fantatic film, great to see lots of new (and some more established) british talent on show. Frustrating that I had to travel a bit to see it as my local cinema wasn't showing it, but completely worth it thegoodreview.co.uk/2011/03/submarine/ ... More

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Posted by robbycripwell86 at 12:34, 28 March 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Submarine

L: jrewing1000 Saw this today. Really enjoyed it. erson is the clear influence on Richard Ayoade's directing stylee delivers a more stylistic, european approach. I loved the whirlwind pace and artistic flair. For a debut feature, this was superb. o you not think thats a bit unfair? I don't think Anderson was an influence, but that Ayoade and Anderson share the same influences (Hal Ashby, Francois Truffaut, Eric Rohmer). ... More

Posted by adambatman82 at 22:27, 27 March 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Submarine

Saw this today. Really enjoyed it. Wes Anderson is the clear influence on Richard Ayoade's directing style, but he delivers a more stylistic, european approach. I loved the whirlwind pace and artistic flair. For a debut feature, this was superb. The stylistic approach loses intensity towards the final third, I would have liked to have seen the fresh ideas - montages, jump cuts, visual flourishes, maintained right to the very end. But this is a small quibble. I can't wait to see w... More

Posted by jrewing1000 at 22:12, 27 March 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Submarine

Starts off brilliantly, to the point where I thought this could be the best British film since Trainspotting, but after about 45 minutes it sadly becomes the quirky, quaint and slightly annoying coming of age text I feared it would be. It did the comedy a lot better than the drama, and the second half is mostly the latter.  4 stars, just a pity it wasn't 5. ... More

Posted by hatebox at 09:19, 27 March 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Submarine

I've just seen this today. A very good film, probably one of the best I've seen in a while - and another one of the rare breed of films that (for me) didn't have any weak or slow moments in it. There were some really inspired moments of comedy merit, and some nice subtle jokes - such as the aforementioned 4th wall breaking. The leads were spot on, with a special nod to Paddy Considine's haircut. Here's looking forward to more from Moss ! ... More

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Posted by Schimchs at 23:21, 26 March 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Submarine

L: Wild about Wilder Well i'm well happy now because as of Friday WE ARE GETTING IT TOO! now if it's due to the fact myself & other people e-mailed them in complaint or maybe it did well in the weekend box-officeI haven't seen yet. Saying that BLOODY Big Mommas House's still there all day next week?ote] It's expanding to double the number of screens. It's box office was great, for the number of screens it was on, and the profile of the release. It came in at number 13 with £219... More

Posted by adambatman82 at 17:03, 22 March 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Submarine

Well i'm well happy now because as of Friday WE ARE GETTING IT TOO! Don't know if it's due to the fact myself & other people e-mailed them in complaint or maybe it did well in the weekend box-office which I haven't seen yet. Saying that BLOODY Big Mommas House's still there all day next week? ... More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 15:51, 22 March 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Submarine

My local Cineworld (8 screens) actually has it on! 4 performances a day (bet it'll only be on for a week, though). I do have a local Arthouse cinema, which has it on, as well. Was very excited for this, so popped along to Cienworld to see it yesterday afternoon. I cannot believe I am saying this, but, in my personal opinion, it was damn near perfect. From the cinematography, to the soundtrack, the acting, everything. One of this years best. ... More

Posted by nhassell at 15:37, 20 March 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Submarine

Don't talk to me about this my World of Cine is not showing it in there 15 screens just like they didn't show A Company Of MenHEY'LL FUCKING STILL SHOW BIG MOMMAS LIKE FATHER LIKE SON! ] So just sent of a long email to them not that it'll do any good wouldn't mind so much if they didn't have posters up for both & they showed Submarine trailer Thursday & that it's spotlighted in there poxy magazine. Left them with this quote at the end can only think you are not showin such a well r... More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 09:48, 19 March 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Submarine

a copy and paste of my review. I absolutely adored it. Having taken my wife to a Dreyer film on our second date I could totally relate to Oliver Tate (she fell asleep).rom the mind of debutant filmmaker Richard Ayoade comes Submarine, the tale of Oliver Tate, a neurotic 15 year old boy with a penchant for the Nouvelle Vague. Set on the less than idyllic shores of Barry Island Submarine sees Oliver “coming of age”, as he falls in love for the first time, watches his parents marriage fall apart a... More

Posted by adambatman82 at 01:16, 19 March 2011 | Report This Post


Submarine

Director/Screenwriter: Ayoade Starring: oberts, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine Synopsis Oliver Tate (Roberts) is a fifteen-year-old boy who has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to stop his mother (Hawkins) from leaving his father (Taylor) for her mystic (Considine). Review Years before his feature-length debut, my only knowledge towards Richard Ayoade was his performance as the ultra-nerdy Moss from the Chann... More

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Posted by R W at 19:11, 18 March 2011 | Report This Post



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