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Submarine

   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Director: Richard Ayoade                                                                                                                                                                     

15-year-old Oliver Tate is socially inept and unpopular. Sick of being the target of unprovoked attacks at his school, Oliver decides that to boost his social standing he should attempt to woo his fickle and straightfoward classmate Jordana. Even though they don’t see eye to eye on everything, the two begin to care for eachother, telling eachother more about their lives and enjoying minor arson together. One day Jordana reveals to Oliver that her mother has problems with her brain and may soon die. Oliver feeling worried and pressured about perhaps having to support his greiving girlfriend, hides out in his house and refuses to take any of Jordana’s calls. Also to make matters worse his mother’s old flame has just moved next door and threatens to end his parents already rocky marriage.

Submarine is the wonderful film debut from british director Richard Ayoade (Moss from The IT Crowd). Fans of Wes Anderson will feel on familiar ground in this quirky and touching tale as it feels very familiar to Anderson’s own style in such films as Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Darjeeling Limited. The film is oddly hillarious and although sounding as though it’s going to be the usual clichéd coming of age story, Submarine saves itself from this dreaded common ground by it’s refreshing sense of truth to the thoughts and feelings of adolescents around the same age, and definitely marks Richard Ayoade as a director to watch.

4/5