Submarine (2010): A Film Review

IMDB Rating: 7.3/ 10


Oliver Tate: My Dear Americans, The film you are about to see is a biopic of my life. The events take place, not so long ago, in a proud land called Wales. Wales is next to England, a country you pretend to treat as an equal. My homeland has produced Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Jones and some other people. You have not yet invaded my country and for this I thank you. Submarine is an important film. Watch it with respect. Fond regards from your protagonist, Oliver Tate.

If you enjoy coming of age films, this may be the film for you! I absolutely love this film: the script is so well written, the on screen chemistry between Roberts and Paige is wonderful and the best thing about it is its quirkiness.

Here are just a few examples of the humor that you can expect from Richard Ayoade’s debut feature film:

Oliver Tate: Her new boyfriend has an incredibly long neck. Just thinking about giraffes makes me angry.

Oliver Tate: I took a photo of us, mid-embrace. When I am old and alone I will remember that I once held something truly beautiful.

Oliver Tate: My mother is worried I have mental problems. I found a book about teenage paranoid delusions during a routine search of my parents’ bedroom.

Oliver Tate: [voiceover] We sat down to have what might have been Jordana’s mother’s last Christmas dinner, which I hope it wasn’t because the turkey was a bit dry and the sprouts were soggy and out of focus.

The quirkiness of Oliver Tate certainly made me fond of him, his witticism can at times be a bit frustrating but I appreciate the raw emotions that he shows through his personality. Craig Roberts did a wonderful job in delivering Tate’s character. Like most teenagers, we all seek to find ourselves and Tate’s struggle is not any different from the challenges that we face daily, the film was so well written that there were not many scenes that you would normally expect in films such as this. Submarine was also well paced as I cannot pinpoint any dialogues that were not of any worth or significance and the unconventional flow of the film was one of the highlights, it did not look out of place at all!

If you are a fan of the Arctic Monkeys, then you are in for a treat! Alex Turner wrote and performed for the soundtrack of this film. The accompanying music is just spot on. I loved every song that was featured in Submarine and Turner’s voice was perfect for the whole setting of the film and the mood produced is one that you can’t help but feel drawn to.


“Do I Wanna Know?” by The Arctic Monkeys


I would recommend this film to those who wishes to experience something different, to those who loves quirky humor and to those who enjoys good music! I would not go as far as say that you will love this film as much as I do, but I can say that Submarine is a wonderful debut from Richard Ayoade and it deserves a warm welcome worthy of a chance to be seen and appreciated.


As always, thank you for your time and hopefully I have helped introduce this film to at least a person who will make this their feel-good film.


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