Published On: Sun, Mar 1st, 2020

Film Review: Submarine

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In this hugely enjoyable indie film, ably adapted by its director Richard Ayoade from Joe Dunthorne’s novel of the same name, Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) is an awkward, duffle-coated adolescent, the only child of socially dysfunctional parents, Jill (Sally Hawkins) and Lloyd (Noah Taylor). He’s the class nerd whose attempts at being part of the in-crowd always backfire and he monitors his parents’ sex life via the position of their dimmer switch. Things take a turn for the better when he is drawn into an awkward friendship with the feisty Jordana (Yasmin Paige) which teeters for some time on the brink of boyfriend/girlfriend until they finally tip over the edge. They kick around the beach of their Welsh home town, indulge Jordana’s mild pyromania and eventually have sex, excruciatingly stage managed by Oliver.

Film Review: Submarine

Meanwhile, all is not running smoothly in the Tate household. The return of Graham (Paddy Considine), Jill’s first love, now a leather-trousered psychic sporting an exuberant mullet, throws another spanner in the works of their creaky marriage. When Oliver fails to show up the day of Jordana’s mum’s brain tumour operation, staying in with his dad while his mum goes to one of Graham’s lectures instead, Jordana dumps him. After Jill’s mild sexual indiscretion with Graham on New Year’s Eve, the Tates salvage their marriage and depress the dimmer switch while Oliver has a brief encounter with the red-coated Jordana on the beach, complete with a nice little reference to Don’t Look Now, and the two become friends. All’s well that ends well, or as well as it can ever be in such a household.

Richard Ayoade Does a Fine Job as Submarine’s Writer and Director

Ayoade’s script captures the excruciating awkwardness of adolescence, striking an uncomfortably familiar chord for his audience which makes it all the more hilarious. There are some excellent set pieces – Oliver’s extravagant fantasy of how the world will react to the news of his death starts with his silently grieving classmates, mostly girls, but ends up encompassing the whole country; Jordana’s family attempt to hug their way out of terror and grief at the prospect of her mother’s operation while Oliver sits with his back to them unsure whether to carry on with dinner or not; Oliver’s ill-judged preparations for losing his virginity with Jordana – all of which mange to be both funny and poignant. Although Craig Roberts and Yasmin Paige are the undoubted stars of the show both Sally Hawkins and Noah Taylor are wonderfully convincing as Oliver’s tense, dysfunctional parents.

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