Submarine review by Siva Kumar - Cinema Paradiso
‘Submarine’ is a British comedy drama directed by Richard Ayoade. The movie follows the life of a self-obsessed teenager Oliver Tate. On the one hand, he tries to impress his classmate Jordana and on the other hand, he tries to bring together his parents.
This movie marks the directorial debut of Richard Ayoade. The characterization of the actors playing major roles in the movie stands out distinctly. Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) is portrayed as a teenager who imagines him as a bigger personality than he actually is. His crush Jordana (Yasmin Paige) is portrayed as a pyromaniac. Some of these personalities are not often viewed in teen comedies. Most importantly, some of the major clichés are avoided and a new approach is provided for this kind of movies.
The humor content of the movie makes it an interesting watch. At the same time, it doesn’t affect the emotional component of the movie. Funny one-liners are inserted subtly without affecting the original story of the movie. The casting is also well done for ‘Submarine’ as all the actors played their parts perfectly. All these factors, combined with a wonderful screenplay and direction has helped the movie to get its touch.
Though wonderfully directed, the movie suffers some imperfections that can well be avoided. Some scenes have failed to connect with the audience and the odd pacing hasn’t helped the movie. Director Ayoade has directed many TV shows but this movie marks his directorial debut. It appears like he has done a commendable job with this movie.