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Submarine
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10.13.2011 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Richard Ayoade

Actors:
Craig Roberts
Yasmin Paige
Sally Hawkins

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In Richard Ayoade's autobiographical debut feature, a teenager (Roberts) sets out to win the girl of his dreams and keep his parents together.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Submarine is first-time writer-director Richard Ayoade’s biopic of his life; specifically his teenage days in Wales.

Ayoade’s cinematic counterpart, 15-year-old Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts, channeling Harold), imagines his death on a regular basis. In his fantasies, classmates mourn their great loss. In reality, he is unpopular, and his death would likely bring out a collective, “Who? Never heard of ‘em.”

His parents are no longer having sex. He knows this because he spies on them. He suspects his mother, Jill (Sally Hawkins), of cheating on his father (Noah Taylor) with a neighbor (Paddy Considine), who happens to be Jill’s former flame. When he tells his father, is he in denial? Or does he not want Oliver to know he knows?

Oliver will keep an eye on it. As he will Jordana (Yasmin Paige), who he wins over by standing up to her cheating ex. A kiss seals it. Oliver is happy, but such passion rarely lasts. While it does, they’ll light innocent enough fires in public. So awkward is Oliver that when he asks for sex he comes off as a serial killer. (Jordana’s words, not mine.)

It’s hard not to like Oliver, even if he is a social creep. Take the scene where he finds out Jordana’s mom has a tumor. To help her cope with the imminent pain, he plots to poison her dog. Sicko? No, just someone who wants to make those he cares about happy.

Autobiographical films always run the risk of being self-involved cartoon versions of the author’s past. They often fill themselves will details and plot points that nobody else really cares about. Sure, the water symbolism is heavy-handed and Considine’s character is a bit over-the-top, but there is something fresh here, too. This is a genuinely funny and personal film, apparently adapted from Ayoade’s own journals, the words of which were meant to be turned into voiceover.

Great, too, are Roberts as Oliver, Paige as Jordana and Alex Turner (of the Arctic Monkeys), whose soundtrack is used in a similar way as Cat Steven’s in Hal Ashby’s Harold and Maude. They, like their director, are people to keep an eye on.
THE EXTRAS
The Making of Submarine (10:57): This standard piece uses interviews (with Ayoade, Roberts, Paige, etc.), clips and more to give an overview of the film. Topics include the characters, the cast (where the actors all distribute praise to one another), the film’s themes, and more.

Deleted and Extended Scenes (12:53): There are nine here, which can be viewed separately or together. In them, we get Jordana’s take on Oliver’s “death,” moments at school and much more of Graham T. Purvis, the character played by Considine.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Richard Ayoade’s Submarine is an extremely enjoyable coming-of-age tale, with quotable dialogue, likeable characters and terrific performances from leads Craig Roberts and Yasmin Paige. Though light on special features (a featurette and deleted/extended scenes), this disc is absolutely worth checking out for lovers of British quirk and intelligent writing.
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8:03AM on 10/14/2011

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This is an adaptation of a novel - not autobiographical as far as I know?
This is an adaptation of a novel - not autobiographical as far as I know?
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12:50PM on 10/13/2011

Not autobiographical

I saw this movie and absolutely loved it, one of the best I've seen this year! Now, perhaps there was something on the DVD extras about it, but as far as I know, the movie is adapted from a novel by Joe Dunthorne [link]2010_film)) which was written back in 2008... BTW, Richard Ayoade is Moss from the IT Crowd!
I saw this movie and absolutely loved it, one of the best I've seen this year! Now, perhaps there was something on the DVD extras about it, but as far as I know, the movie is adapted from a novel by Joe Dunthorne [link]2010_film)) which was written back in 2008... BTW, Richard Ayoade is Moss from the IT Crowd!
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