While it’s true that a lot of films are derivatives . . . , their reduction to elements of other films can miss the fact that, sometimes, they’re trying to create something altogether new from some old recipes. Such is the case of SUBMARINE, of which you can safely say something like: it’s GODARD + RUSHMORE + THE 400 BLOWS + HAROLD AND MAUDE + NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, and actually summarize the whole thing rather neatly.
June 10, 2011