I had heard and read many good reviews of Submarine before watching it, and luckily it didn’t disappoint.
It tells the story of Oliver Tate, a young Welsh schoolboy who is probably too clever for his own good and has quite the imagination and opinion of himself.
He is not your average teenager, he spies on his neighbours, keeps tabs on his parents sex life and even went through a ‘hat phase’.
The film plays out in four acts essentially; a prologue, part one an introduction, part two his dodgy neighbour he thinks his mum is sleeping with and part three the finale.
The reason the film works so well is it’s simplicity and attention to detail, and also a sparkling performance by Noah Taylor as Oliver. Taylor really captures the naivety and quirky behaviour of the character.
The soundtrack is also superb with all songs contributed by the Arctic Monkeys’ frontman Alex Turner, with some delicious acoustic strums that really capture the mood of many scenes.
It’s a really heartfelt piece from Director Richard Ayoade, and certainly one of the finest coming-of-age films produced in the UK for many years.