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5.0 out of 5 stars
A beautifully directed movie from Richard Ayoade., 21 Feb 2012
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.
Submarine is like a beautiful little parcel; packed full of goodies, looks amazing and is perfectly wrapped up with a truly beautiful soundtrack by The Arctic Monkeys front man, Alex Turner.
The best word I could use to describe Richard Ayoade is genius; he is a perfectionist and I can't wait to see what other films he has in store for us in the future.