4 August 2011

Capsule Review: Submarine


2010, 97mins, 15
Director: Richard Ayoade
Writer: Richard Ayoade
Cast includes: Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins, Noah Taylor, Yasmin Paige, Paddy Considine
UK Release Date: 18th March 2011

Lauded as a potential cult classic on release earlier this year, Richard Ayoade’s “Submarine” is an affecting and brilliantly acted flick. The film follows Oliver (Craig Roberts) a peculiar youngster who becomes fixated with both a girl in his class (Yasmin Paige) and attempting to save his parents’ (Sally Hawkins and Noah Taylor) stalling marriage. The film is fronted by a fantastic turn from Roberts, who captures Oliver’s eccentricities and anguish with charisma and a stunningly natural demeanour. The rest of the cats are good value too, whilst Ayoade guides the coming of age tale with a strong directorial hand, paying welcome attention to production design, atmosphere and inventive visual flourishes. The mushy soundtrack frustrates at times, but on the whole “Submarine is a quirky gem.

A Review by Daniel Kelly, 2011


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