Submarine is an instant classic, with great off-beat dialogue, hilarious story lines, plots and sub-plots and a superb cast. The coming of age comedy drama is the cinematic adaption of the 2008 Joe Dunthorne novel of the same name by the IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade, who makes his directorial debut on the film.
Set in Swansea, South Wales, it traces the trials and tribulations of Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) as he tries to win the heart of his dream girl, Jordana Bevan (Yasmin Paige), and save his docile parents’ tragic marriage. With Graham (Paddy Consadine), the tripped out on life former lover of his mum, shaking things up and Jordana’s hard lined, soft-core, leg hair burning cruelty to deal with he’s got a lot on his plate.
The cinematography, backdrops and camera work sets a brilliantly low-key, yet dramatic tone for Submarine. However, it is the comedic timing of the character analysis that makes the film so funny.
Submarine is pound for pound the funniest film of 2011 to date. It’s clever, witty and massively engaging. Especially if you have ever been a teenage boy with neurotic tendencies and a slightly delusional outlook on life. The 5 songs written especially for the film by Arctic Monkeys‘ Alex Turner adds some great scores to all the teenage angst.
Submarine film review – 4.4/5