By James Burbidge

Running time: 97min
Certificate: 15
Directed by: Richard Ayoade
Written by: Richard Ayoade
Featuring:Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Paddy Considine, Noah Taylor, Sally Hawkins

Released: 18 March 2011


Richard Ayoade’s Submarine has, as you are probably aware, garnered a lot of favourable reviews. This one will follow that basic template. For, based on a book by Joe Dunthorne, Ayoade has written and directed a mini-masterpiece of a debut. Craig Roberts plays Oliver Platt, precocious, pretentious and a little bit precious, struggling to grow up in an increasingly dysfunctional house, in a small Welsh community. His life takes two dramatic turns when he somehow wins the confident Jordana as his girlfriend and his mother’s first love becomes their new neighbour.

Ayoade has assembled a fantastic cast, and brought out the best in all of them. There is a large range of characters, but all of them leave their mark on the film, given at least one truly memorable scene or quirk. Considine is hilarious as the former lover turned mystic, Noah Taylor is tragic, poignant and funny as Oliver’s father, and Hawkins brings warmth and humour to her neurotic mothering role. But the biggest props (as it were) must go to the two leads, Craig Roberts and Yasmin Paige. They look (finally!) the age that their characters are supposed to be, but they give performances that belie their years. See this film if for no other reason than to see these two at an early stage in what will hopefully be long careers.

If there is one issue with the film it is the incessant fades, which break it up into smaller and smaller chapters, sometimes disrupting the flow of the piece. That is a style issue however, that may come down to personal preference, and at least this has a style stamped clearly on it. For Submarine is consistently stylish, consistently funny, consistently surprising, consistent in tone and pace and poise. Submarine is everything a British film can be, quirky, deliciously awkward, with subtly brilliant performances from a standout cast.

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James Burbidge James performs a plethora of tasks for Raindance; writing articles, editing the newsletter, managing Twitter, helping on courses, organising volunteers and running the script services are but a few of the ones he is allowed to tell you about.
When he isn’t daydreaming about daylight he watches films (well, duh!) reads a bit, writes a bit and kicks arse at ultimate Frisbee.




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