Image“My mother is worried I have mental problems. I found a book about teenage paranoid delusions during a routine search of my parents’ bedroom.”

A touching film about love, growing up, family troubles and a rather eccentric teenager! Submarine is a coming-of-age film about a very different teenager named Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) from Swansea wanting to lose his virginity to his girlfriend Jordana (Yasmin Paige) and stop his parents (Noah Taylor and Sally Hawkins) from divorcing because of a new age guru (Paddy Considine) who also happens to be the ex-boyfriend of his mum moving next door. It’s very different from most coming-of-age films I’ve seen, simply because it’s very personal and gets inside Oliver’s thoughts of his life and the importance he sees of it. It’s a very humorous film, and yet it is quite dark as well, as Oliver imagines himself dead and how people would react if he came back as the Messiah for example, not to mention the possibility of his parents splitting, Jordana’s mother suffering from cancer. These are all terrible things Oliver witnesses and thinks; yet he still manages to cope with it.

The film is visually stunning, capturing the places Oliver enjoys the most, such as the industrial factories. Robert’s performance as Oliver is fantastic as he presents him as the teenager who knows he’s different compared to other typical Swansea teenagers, this can be identified by the Super-8 memory sequence, visualising his beautiful memories of Jordana and how she is so important in his life. Another example of that would be when they set things on fire in the theme park with various shots showing their developing romance and its retro style, not to mention an obsession with morality (a big fan of The Catcher in the Rye and the work of Nietzsche). His narration connotes true humour and irony to the audience about life, loss, love (“The best boyfriend in the world”) and the casual hilarious gag (“affording a crane shot”). A fantastic debut from the great Richard Ayoade (or Moss, if you love The IT Crowd!)

4/5

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