I Always Knew You Would Like Submarine

SubmarineI recommend the 2010 film Submarine.

This is the second post in my new ‘I Always Knew You Would Like…’ series following my previous post about Spaced. It’s an opportunity to write a lazy and self-indulgent post in which I comment on something I wrote a longish time ago.

Submarine is still one of my favourite films, so I don’t think I’ll have too many quarrels with past-me. Here’s an annotated version of my post:

I was very excited to hear that the hysterical Richard Ayoade , best known for his role as Moss in the excellent IT Crowd, was directing a film. I read many positive reviews and was so glad to hear that it was an all British cast as I loathe the Hollywood excrement that is classed as mainstream comedy these days, so I was extremely disappointed to find that it was not showing at my local cinema. Why on Earth not? It’s not some quaint, one screen village cinema, it’s a proper overpriced, money grabbing multiplex! 

I think that there must have been a national full-stop shortage in 2010.  I still don’t really like many Hollywood comedies, but I no longer think that all British comedy is amazing and American comedy is crass rubbish. But Cineworld is still a bit shit.
However, it has now come out on DVD and I have been able to watch it,
it did not disappoint!
I still have the DVD! I still like it! But I don’t use many exclamation marks any more because there’s no need to sound perpetually excited!
The film is about a pretentious, self concious, slightly messed up yet likeable fifteen year old boy as he deals with the various twists and turns of his adolescent life. The subtle humour derived from seeing the world from his point of view is a joy, he is a true, fully formed character and the exaggerated realism of his thoughts provides a far funnier experience than the personality-less vehicles for crude jokes who seem to star in every “comedy” film showing in said overpriced, money grabbing multiplexes.
 Pretentious, self-concious… Is it any wonder I found Submarine relatable?
Oliver Tate, the protagonist, interjects with regular soliloquies to explain his actions and to discuss how his life would look if it was a film. This lends a Wodehousian humour to the film as the differences between the characters perception of reality and reality itself are made only too obvious. There is a wealth of imagery referring to the film’s title among other things which adds another level of enjoyment to the viewing experience and makes it a certain on the re-watch list as I’m bound to discover many more hidden treasures amongst the plot line. The film is a fantastic debut from Ayoade.
Look, I mentioned a book, that means I’m clever! I don’t think that Submarine bears any resemblance to P.G. Wodehouse’s work. It’s not about a jolly aristocratic bachelor and there are no servants. They are both funny though. I also still like symbolism. It is good.
The DVD has a host of bonus features, which is always the sign of a good film! From interviews with the cast and crew which provide an interesting insight into the making of the film to the hilarious extension of Paddy Considine’s character’s new age self help VHS, all are well worth a watch if you enjoyed the film.
I still like bonus features and I stand by the general idea that, if time has been taken to make high quality bonus features, time has probably been taken to make a high quality film.
To top it all off none other than Alex Turner of The Arctic Monkeys contributed five songs to the film. The melancholic acoustic songs with their original and quirky lyrics were the perfect soundtrack to Oliver’s teenage angst. The unpolished acoustic sound added to the imperfect, home made style of cinematography. The music video to one of the songs also joins the ranks of bonus features on the DVD, adding yet another incentive to buy it!
Well, you can’t argue with that (apart from the unnecessary ‘The’ I added to Arctic Monkeys and the direction-less sentence about the ‘unpolished’ sound.) It is an excellent EP and I recommend it just as heartily as I recommend the film.
I can now also recommend Joe Dunthorne (Britain’s leading Wes Anderson lookalike)’s book of the same name. There’s a lot of content which isn’t in the film, including several interesting sub-plots, more outrageous actions from Oliver, and some even darker scenes.
That’s three recommendations for the price of one, and I didn’t even have to write a whole new post to do it. I am the king of efficiency.

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