Similar to Shane Meadow's regional romances, Submarine is a bit too self-aware for its own good at times - it's a film where pretty much every character acts and speaks like the writer/director. Oliver Tate's ideas of courtship occasionally border on the sociopathic, but his naif efforts at wooing Jordana and intruding on the lives of his parents are amusing to watch, as is Considine as a bullshitting new-age guru.
Absolutely loved this when it first came out. As a cynical teen it was everything I wanted in a film. 9 years later and it still holds a special place in my heart. Whilst I'm now far more cinema savvy to see some of its flaws, I think it's good to remember to just take things as they are. This being an ode to the French New Wave and a pretty decent directorial debut. Plus it's hard to hate the Arctic Monkeys.
A sophisticated art-house inspired teen flick with French New Wave footnotes. What's not to love? Great direction, great writing, great performances, a great soundtrack. A memorable feature funnier than I remembered, capturing the complexities of relationships and the human condition in a fun, touching, often naive and absurd way. Ayoade loves film and it shows.
If there is 'the teen drama' Ayoade's Submarine is a strong contender, if not, the victor of the contest. This drama starring Craig Roberts as the confused yet insightful Oliver Tates inspires even at the darkest of moments, from breaking up with your first love to imagining how the local news would deal with your death.
With great performances from all concerned, a wonderful script and some nice directorial touches from Ayoade, Submarine starts off as something passably enjoyable and turns into something quite wonderful. Ayoade nails everything pretty perfectly, providing audiences with something that crosses the work of Wes Anderson with a large helping of Grange Hill. The more I think about it, the less I can find fault with.
Just watched this film for a second time. Despite wearing its influences all over its sleeve, it is a really good film, perhaps better than I first thought. There are great performances and moments of direction that will stay with me this time. The biggest problem for me is the incredibly mediocre Alex Turner soundtrack. I only wish it could be rescored. Maybe it could. Anyone?
First underwater love story for Sally HAWKINS (The Shape of the water). A taste of the sixties free cinema (Rich LESTER, Ken LOACH's Poor Cow, Loneliness of the Long-distance Runner, etc). ======== Une histoire attachante sur l'adolescence, la mélancolie, au parfum des sixties. Et une première marine pour Sally HAWKINS avant "La Forme de l'eau".
This film has a cute quirkiness to it that makes it better than most "coming of age" films and has a visual style that make it pleasing to watch. British wit is much more funnier than the banal easy American teenage sex comedies when all comes down to it though so it is easy to choose this one over any Hollywood comedy any day, anytime.