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Submarine: Quirky British Coming of Age Tale.
Member Name: kirstymc
Advantages: Intelligently quirky comedy with a great soundtrack.
Director: Richard Ayoade
Writers: Richard Ayoade (screenplay), Joe Dunthorne(novel)
Oliver is a teenager in Wales who is at the tricky junction between adolescence and adulthood. The story charts his quest to be the best boyfriend ever to the girl of his dreams Jordana if only he can get her to notice him and to reignite the marriage of his parents. It is essentially a coming of age tale that will make you laugh and cry in measure.
Submarine is directed and adapted by Richard Ayoade most known as Moss in Channel 4's IT crowd. When I saw that the Ayoade was involved in the film I was expecting the same kind of obvious slapstick style comedy that you see in the IT Crowd. However what I got instead was a very intelligent, quirky indie comedy with a lot of heart. The film has quite an arty feel about most notably the influence of French Wave which is obvious from the opening credits.
This is a brilliantly funny film set in Wales. I loved the amusing voice over of Oliver as he tells us what it is like to go through the hell of high school in the UK. His story is very touching and he faces the same dilemmas many teenagers are facing all over the country. The portrayal of teenage love is brilliantly accurate as is the fear of a families falling apart for varying reasons.
I loved the lead character Oliver (Craig Roberts) who finds himself torn between obsessing about being the best boyfriend ever and saving his parents marriage. Oliver narrates the film and his paranoia and idealist fantasies are both amusing and well observed. He perfectly plays teenage angst as he traverses the slippery path from childhood to adulthood.The object of his affection the weird and strangely beautiful Jordana played brilliantly by Yasmin Page who whilst at first I felt was a bit of a bitch could not help but sympathise with as her back story is revealed. Every character is brilliantly written and perfectly performed not least the character of Graham a cheesy self help guru played by Paddy Considine.
The soundtrack to the film is written and performed by Arctic Monkeys Alex Turner - each song is perfectly fitting to the film. The songs acurately articulate and represent the feelings of and situations in which Oliver finds himself.
The acclaim this film has received in indie circles is definitely justified - sit back and enjoy : )
Summary: Coming of age film directed by Richard Ayoade