I 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!
However, it has now come out on DVD and I have been able to watch it,it did not disappoint!
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.
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.
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.
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!