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Submarine [DVD]

Craig Roberts , Sally Hawkins , Richard Ayoade    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine
  • Directors: Richard Ayoade
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Aug 2011
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004TA74XI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,705 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Based on the book by Joe Dunthorne, Submarine is a terrific British coming of age drama, with an outstanding central performance by relative newcomer Craig Roberts.

The film tells the story of Roberts’ character, Oliver Tate, a 15-year old who’s something of a social outcast. However, he’s a social outcast who appears to have attracted the attention of Jordana, played by Yasmin Paige. Naturally, things aren’t quite that simple, and their story is played out engagingly over the ensuing hour and a half. It’s refreshing that the path of the characters doesn’t tread predictable lines, too.

What’s remarkable about Submarine isn’t just the performances, though. For it’s hard not to be won over by the confidence and skill of first-time writer-director Richard Ayoade. Ayoade is, of course, best known for playing Moss in The I.T. Crowd, but he’s got an even brighter future behind the camera on this evidence.

It’s a terrific piece of work. The characters are believable, the story well done, and there are welcome dashes of humour, too, not least from Paddy Considine’s small but impactful role in the film. Submarine is, ultimately, a diligently balanced comedy drama, and a special one at that. Warmly recommended. --Jon Foster

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Richard Ayoade's directorial debut is a sure footed film with a quirky style that suggests he has a great future ahead of him in the cinema. Set in Wales in the late eighties, it presents a largely realistic and well observed slice of teen life. Following the adventures of natural social outcast Oliver, played exceptionally well by Craig Roberts, as he grows up.

Oliver is an odd sort of chap, who half lives in his own fantasy world. His world is thrown up in the air when he starts to suspect his parent's marriage might not be as strong as he thought. In his own way he goers about investigating matters and trying to fix things. Along the way he meets Jordana, who is even more messed up. The pair form a strong alliance as they try to deal with the world around them. The story follows their friendship and romance as Oliver struggles to learn how to relate to others.

It is a largely touching movie, full of excellent and naturalistic performances from the young actors. Ayoade has a light and sure touch, never really overdoing the melodrama, and mixing the tragic with the hilariously funny. Backed by a great soundtrack from Alex Turner, which literally hits just the right note throughout, this is a light and refreshing piece of intelligent cinema that will appeal to a wide audience.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Highlight Of 2011 With A Real Cult Feel 13 Feb 2012
A very British film with a very British, quirky sense of humour, courtesy of first-time director Richard Ayoade. Oliver Tate is an individual boy with a passion for expanding his vocabulary, who hilariously exhibits the teenage concoction of arrogance and insecurity. Along with suffering the usual perils of school life, Oliver also has bigger issues to contend with. Firstly, the declining health of the mother of his enigmatic love interest, and second, the dwindling passion amid the dying relationship between his parents. The story follows Oliver in his quest to find solutions to both these problems.

'Submarine' features wonderful cinematography, making the most of the raw beauty of the Welsh setting. Complementing this is a superb soundtrack by Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys fame, which could not have been better suited to the picture.

Anyone who enjoys alternative British film will revel in Ayoade's creation. The direction includes some clever hypothetical scenes, such as where Oliver fantasizes over the grieving ranks of relatives, friends and schoolgirls at his own funeral. In fact there are so many laugh-out-loud moments, with each member of the cast delivering the goods. One of the most likeable characters is Noah Taylor's role as Oliver's father, a depressive marine biologist who knows the number of the pothole helpline by heart. If this sounds in any way humorous to you, then you should absolutely watch this film.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Even though this is a very recent movie, I have to admit that it has made it's way into my top ten films of all time.

Submarine, may not be everyone's cup of tea and I have been a bit disappointed when people have said they "don't get it" or "it doesn't go anywhere" after I've recommended it.

The movie is very different from the book. Oliver is less obnoxious and kinder in the film and there are a lot of changes, parts removed and also made up, but saying that, adaptations of books will always be like this; that said Ayoade has done a fantastic job.

I think it's a combination of things that makes the movie so perfect to me. The way it's been filmed is gorgeous, the camera work is fantastic and I love the dullness of colour. It definatley comes through that Ayoade is a huge fan of French Cinema and the way this is subtely brought through the cinematography is wonderfully done.

The acting is brilliant; Craig Roberts' (Oliver) early career was on the UK children's television show Tracy Beaker - He has come on a long way since then and I can happily say the lad can really act now! Yasmin Paige (Jordana), also appeared on a UK Children's television series (The Sarah Jane Adventures), but at least the acting quality in that series was far superior. Noah Taylor and Sally Hawkins who play Oliver's parents are superb as are Melanie Walters and Sion Tudor Owen who briefly appear as Jordana's parents during a particularly heart wrenching moment.

I feel very nostalgic watching this film; even though there are many modern elements to it, there is also something very 1980's about it at the same time. For me I also feel a sense of comfort and could quite happily watch it every night to lull me off into a nice sleep.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden depths. 21 April 2011
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For me, 'Submarine' managed to make me laugh out loud on a number of occasions and generally delight in the characters, setting and scenario. It also managed to capture very well what it is like to be a teen boy who doesn't quite fit in and has their first real crush/ relationship. The moment when we see Jordana's ex boyfriend bullyng Oliver and trying to force him to say she's a slag and then cutting a way to see Oliver lying prostrate on the ground after standing up to him and calling him a bender, is wonderfully judged, both in its accurate portrayal of life at a secondary school, and the physical comedy of Craig Roberts lying in his duffle coat(Victor Mature-esque from After The Fox) with a bloodied nose. Paddy Considine too manages to add to the physical comdey with his character's mystical martial arts Ninja moves, all will an excruciating mullett.

If you are a fan of film in general then you'll enjoy the references to/ influences of French New Wave, Bergman, Reisz/Fowles/ Austen and probably a host of other film makers and writers whom I failed to notice.

I would definitely recommend this film to anyone who enjoys understated comedies which leave you with a smile at the end and the feeling of having watched a truly good film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very atavistic response...
Precocious Oliver struggles with being popular in school but when a dark-haired beauty takes interest in him, he's determined to become the best boyfriend in the world. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully crafted film with hilarious plot and excellent soundtrack
I really enjoyed this film which is beautifully shot and has an excellent soundtrack.
I found the various characters to be charming and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them... Read more
Published 2 months ago by kevin driscoll
3.0 out of 5 stars why the hyperbole?
An unusual and fairly entertaining film with good attention to detail. However, to describe it as 'hilarious' or 'the best British comedy in years' is short of the mark in our... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marcus
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film .
It's been on telly!good film though, the boy is grown up now I particularly liked the bit when he was in it
Published 5 months ago by Steven
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely
oliver tate is so cute - really relatable and funny in an awkward kind of way. this movie has such great direction and a really amazing soundtrack by alex turner. Read more
Published 5 months ago by india
2.0 out of 5 stars BORING!
All the reviews said that this was the film of the year, a great british film - don't believe a word of it - we thought we had put the wrong film in the player!
Published 5 months ago by Mut
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
the film was great, i loved it. One of my personal favourites.
there wasn't a single thing wrong with it.
Published 5 months ago by Tayler
4.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, Dark And (Mostly) Hilarious
This 2010 directing debut film from (previously) comic actor and writer Richard Ayoade is, for me, certainly not an unqualified success, but still has enough going for it - a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Keith M
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
The DVD cover promised "laugh out loud" moments; well, I must have missed them when dozed off for a few minutes half way through. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable
This is a funny, brilliantly written coming of age movie. It has great performances and is as entertaining for adults as for teenagers. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kate Macrae
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