Submarine (2010)

In based on novel, feel good, film, Giggles, new, Recommendation, Review on 02/10/2011 at 5:47 pm

This is a charming and funny film based on the recent Joe Dunthorne novel by the same name.  Although I’m very glad for the writer and the makers of this film that it was received so thunder-clappingly well, it did raise my expectations a tad too high. If I had known nothing at all about it I might have praised it more.

The young Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) narrates his coming-of-age tale set in 1970s Wales: a darkish humoristic story in which he struggles to keep his parents (Sally Hawkins and Noah Taylor) together, trick a peculiar girl named Jordana (Yasmin Paige) into being his girlfriend and generally make sense of the world. Oliver Tate is intrinsically funny, perhaps because his reasoning is sometimes sensitive and then utterly autistic, depending on the circumstances. Submarine also manages to incorporate hilariously outrageous situations without exaggeratedly pushing them in your face – I’m referring mostly to Mum’s first sweetheart and Jordana’s general absurdness.

The cast is brilliant, but it is a bit of a shame that the only Welsh actor in here is Craig Roberts. The general verdict: Good and enjoyable, but I’m not jumping up and down on any tables with enthusiasm.



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