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:: Submarine

Submarine seems to be such a promising film, and for the most part it is entertaining, but somewhere in the process it misses its mark. What could have been a film as good as Hallam Foe drags on a little longer than it should causing it’s audience to tune out in important scenes.

Based on Joe Dunthorne’s novel Submarine tells the story of Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) a brooding fifteen year old who sets himself two tasks; firstly to lose his virginity before his next birthday, most likely to his girlfriend, Jordana (Yasmin Paige), but to also repair the marriage of his father, Lloyd (Noah Taylor) and Jill (Sally Hawkins), something that he plans on doing by forcing away Jill’s ex-boyfriend, Graham Purvis (Paddy Considine), a hippie to the full extreme.

Submarine is a frustrating watch. You can’t help but like Oliver but then he goes and does something like help in a bullying act that sees a young girl decide to change schools, in a sense he almost becomes an anti-hero. But then the other hand the script works and the development of characters such as Lloyd and Jill steal the scenes they are in. It does feel that at times director, Richard Ayoade loses control of the film. His dark humour shows through on the film, yet it still seems to drag… it’s hard to explain.

The highlight of the film though is the acting of Noah Taylor. His portrayal of the downtrodden Lloyd is nothing short of brilliant, he even manages to outshine Craig Roberts who does all that he is asked of. The other shining light is Yasmin Paige who you can only help is seen on the big screen a lot more.

This is a film that will most likely become a cult favourite, but it feels like it may also be a film that needs a couple of viewings before you totally fall in love with it. Not quite as good as some of the black-humour films to come out of the U.K. of the last few years, but still an okay watch.

DVD Extras

Audio commentary with director Richard Ayoade
cast & crew Q&A
deleted and extended scenes
special message from Ben Stiller