HollywoodChicago.com RSS   Facebook   HollywoodChicago.com on Twitter   Free Giveaway E-mail   

Film Review: Quirky ‘Submarine’ Balances Wit With Emotion in Clever Way

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionE-mail page to friendE-mail page to friendPDF versionPDF version
No votes yet
HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 3.5/5.0
Rating: 3.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Richard Ayoade’s debut comedy “Submarine” has such an incredibly strong first half that it almost makes the relative disappointment of the second half even more disappointing by comparison. A super-smart ending saves the piece from going out on the wrong note completely and the overall piece bodes well for whatever this talented director does next. Whatever flaws the film may have, it’s certainly unlike anything else in theaters right now and yet will likely remind certain viewers of beloved films like “The Graduate,” “Harold and Maude,” and “Rushmore.”

Based on the coming-of-age novel by Joe Dunthorne, “Submarine” centers on the crisis of cynicism vs. sentimentality that often faces us at a formative age. One minute it’s not “cool” to be in love, the next you’re writing poetry. One minute, you’re aware that being a bully is a bad thing, the next minute you’re doing it to make a pretty girl like you. Male adolescence is a series of contradictions and discoveries and the best of “Submarine” offers a unique perspective on those crazy days.

StarRead Brian Tallerico’s full review of “Submarine” in our reviews section.

Our hero through this tumultuous time is Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts), a bizarre young man who seems concerned about everything but is at that age where concern isn’t cool. He’s noticed that his parents (Sally Hawkins & Noah Taylor) haven’t had sex in some time (through detective work involving the dimmer switch in their bedroom) and isn’t quite sure about the New Age douche (Paddy Considine) who just moved in down the street. More importantly, he’s begun a relationship with the wicked-smart and possibly-just-wicked Jordana (a great Yasmin Paige) and he’s having trouble keeping it all together.

Holding hands, staring into the horizon, and lighting things on fire (Jordana is kind of a pyro) is easy enough but life gets really complicated when it seems like the marriage of Oliver’s parents might fall apart at the same time that Jordana’s mother might die of cancer. How do you handle adolescence when other issues weigh down on you? Without a hint of sentimentality, “Submarine” actually deals with some pretty intense subject matter, including potential divorce and death.

StarContinue reading for Brian Tallerico’s full “Submarine” review.

“Submarine” stars Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Sally Hawkins, Noah Taylor, and Paddy Considine. It was written and directed by Richard Ayoade and opens on June 10th, 2011 in Chicago.

Submarine
Submarine
Photo credit: Fox Searchlight

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.

User Login

Free Giveaway Mailing

TV, DVD, BLU-RAY & THEATER REVIEWS

  • Bobby Pin Girls

    CHICAGO – The “breeder years” are difficult on everyone, as the biological imperative becomes overwhelming and the couplings that result yield both discovery and misadventure. Nothing Without a Company’s new play “Bobby Pin Girls” highlight two such Millennial women, roommates who are having man trouble, although the argument can be made that it’s eternally “boy trouble.” The show has a Thursday-Sunday run at the Chicago Mosaic School through December 10th, 2017. Click here for more details, including ticket information.

  • Transformers 5 front

    CHICAGO – Knock me over with a feather kids, but I enjoyed “Transformers: The Last Knight.” Maybe it was in comparison to the others or maybe director Michael Bay has beaten me into submission, but this one had the right story elements and casting to make it work, with exceptions of course. It’s goofiness is its charm, and it was released on Blu-Ray/DVD on September 26th, 2017 (Digital HD already available).

Advertisement



HollywoodChicago.com on Twitter

archive

HollywoodChicago.com Top Ten Discussions
referendum
tracker