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.