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Producers Warp Films (This Is England, Four Lions) and director Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd) present a comedy which follows a 15-year old boy (Craig Roberts, Jane Eyre) with two objectives: to lose his virginity to the girl of his dreams before his next birthday, and to stop his mother (Sally Hawkins) from leaving his father (Noah Taylor, Shine, Life Aquatic) and hooking up with a new age mystic (Paddy Considine, Dead Man’s Shoe’s). Featuring original songs by Alex Turner and executive produced by Ben Stiller.
Special Features include:
- Audio Commentary with director Richard Ayoade, author of the original novel Joe Dunthorne and Director of Photography Erik Wilson
- Cast and Crew Q&As
- Alex Turner’s Piledriver Waltz Music Video
- Through The Prism with Graham T. Purvis
- Cast and Crew Interviews
- Ben Stiller Message
- Deleted Scenes
- Extended Scenes
- Test Shoot
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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'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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Meanwhile, his parents' already rocky relationship is threatened when his mother's ex-boyfriend moves in next door.
Oliver makes some unorthodox plans to ensure that his parents stay together and that Jordana still likes him....
It's a very strange movie to review this. The director is a fantastic writer who usually dabbles with the surreal or Chanel 4 computer sit-coms, but this isn't a comedy you'd usually get, it has a very distinct feel to it, much like Buny and the Bull.
We are flies on the wall in Oivers world, in fact the majority of the film is his point of view, there are rarely any scenes where he isn't in the situation.
But he is a very likable lad, One of those children at school you thought could have been weird, but when you got to know them, were quite inspiring.
So to grab the girl, he changes his ways slightly, but like all other young people, the romance part is awkward, and the harder he tries, the more awkward the situation is, and these are the funniest parts of the film.
The film has some odd seventies vibe to it, with all the clothes and the decor, even though it's set a decade later, it feels like the people in the story bar one, have not really kept up with the times.
It's well written and narrative is speedy, and it's great that stars like Considine, brilliant here, don't really out stay there welcome.
It's a film for anyone who was in love at school, but managed to get the girl, even if you were not popular.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're looking for an Adrian Mole type story, this is not it. The humour (if any) is quite dark, the characters are all unlikeable by the end and the storyline turns out to be... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kirsty P
A brilliant film based on a terrific book. Read the book first though...Published 3 months ago by sunnisally
I cannot understand why this film has got such good reviews. I like British films, so on paper this looked exactly my cup of tea but in reality I lost interest fairly early on. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Adrian Williams
A lovely observation on British teenage angst. Excellent bitter sweet performances and stunning cinematography. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Matt Brookes