Submarine

(2010)

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Review: Submarine

Transcript for Review: Submarine

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
Our next movie is "Submarine," a delightful little coming-of-age comedy. Now those words, strung together in that order, ordinarily should make you cringe. But that won't be the case this time. Craig Roberts stars as Oliver, a misfit 15-year-old growing up in suburban Wales. One day, his dream girl, played by Yasmin Paige, finally acknowledges him.
 
/Clip 3 -- The Kiss. Roberts and Paige kiss under a railroad bridge.
 
At the same time, his parents -- played by Sally Hawkins and Noah Taylor -- are having trouble in their own relationship. They're both sort of emotionally distant when it comes to raising Oliver, but Mom tries to be supportive of his new girlfriend.
 
/Clip 1 -- Chat With Mom. Hawkins sits in bed, talks with Roberts.
 
Yes, writer-director Richard Ayoade probably borrows too heavily from Wes Anderson -- especially from Anderson's "Rushmore" -- but hey, if you're going to borrow, you may as well choose great source material. Thumbs up from me.

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
That you would choose a third rate rip off of early Jean-luc Godard over the real thing..

CHRISTY:
Film Socialisme is not early Godard. They’re totally different things.

IGNATIY:
I would argue that late Godard even greater than early Godard. This film; all of these references and there’s stuff not only from Godard and Wes Anderson but there’s a lot stolen from The 400 Blows. Um, all of these things, it’s not form. It’s not style, it’s just film fetishism. There is nothing being transposed, it’s just being referenced. It’s just like he’s regurgitating these films that he’s already seen.

CHRISTY:
It moves beautifully. It is shot and edited beautifully. There’s some photography at the end of it where they are standing on the beach, which is absolutely gorgeous and beautiful in a very low-key way, and they’re adorable together.

IGNATIY:
There’s some good editing. I feel that there was some good editing wasted on this film. Even the characters seem like gimmicks.

CHRISTY:
No, they’re funny, little weird misfit kids. I bought them together the whole time, they’re very very funny.

IGNATIY:
They don’t seem like full characters. They…

CHRISTY:
You don’t like the mullet ninja guy? Wasn’t he good? Didn’t he make you laugh?

IGNATIY:
No, that was definitely the worst. That was like some sub-Napolean Dynamite material.

CHRISTY:
I liked mullet ninja guy.

IGNATIY:
The ninja psychic with the mullet, is, you know, that’s Gentlemen Broncos level of material.

CHRISTY:
I laughed every time he came on screen.