Submarine is the directorial debut of Richard Ayoade ( who plays Moss the one with the hair in the IT crowd). It’s a classic coming of age story, set I would guess at the start of the nineties, although it has that non specific production design spanning 1970 to 1990.
Oliver Tate ( Craig Roberts) a bookish pseudo intellectual who is constantly imagining the film of his life, is infatuated with his classmate the boisterous and bolshy Jordana (Yasmin Page). One day she takes him under the railway bridge and kisses him. The next she agrees that they can go out. Oliver’s strange parents are going through difficulties. His dad (Noah Taylor) is depressed amd sits around in his dressing gown all day but still manages to give Oliver tips about girls. His no nonsense mum (Sally Hawkins) may or may not be having and affair with the new age healer who lives next door ( Paddy Considine, hilariously over the top.)
Like many teenagers, Oliver often lives in the third person fantasising about how others see him and making up movie scenarios around events of his life. This suits the style of the film which pastiches, French New Wave, specifically Jena Luc Godard, Truffaut – Four Hundred Blows and it’s running on the beach ending, Don’t Look Now and probably loads of other stuff I’m not aware of. Oliver’s character reminded me also of Max from Rushmore in his attempts to act as he imagines grown ups might. This creates some hilarious cringe making moments. Gags which are set up, timed and edited perfectly.
Despite the fact that it has many familiar features of other coming of age movies. I really liked the film and the quirky character of Oliver. It is great fun to watch, with brilliant comic performances.