Submarine (Richard Ayoade, 2010)
This coming of age film is beyond fantastic. The main character, Welsh 16-year-old Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts), constantly showcases his genuine quirkiness through the ups and downs of this 97-minute roller-coaster of love, heartache, and nostalgia, even utilizing it as a means of reaching a certain goal (which you will find out WHEN you watch it). American viewers might think “Oh, awkward like Michael Cera?” No, absolutely not Cera-esque awkward. Oliver is quirky—I mean that in the funniest and cutest way possible—so much that his mannerisms never become dull or dry. He doesn’t try too hard to be clever (hello, Ellen Page-Juno) or be naive (Nick Twisp, Scott Pilgrim, etc.); he’s the exact opposite, really, and finds realistic ways to solve his numerous problems, e.g., getting the girl he fancies (Yasmin Paige). (Yes, this is me taking a shot at how unrealistic Michael Cera movie plots are.) Anyway, I just love how it was filmed; it gives us viewers this feeling of nostalgia and homeyness, which I think definitely adds to the likability of the film and its totally relatable characters. I don’t think I can type anymore praise for this without giving away significant spoilers so I’ll just stop now. It’s only been released in a limited amount of theaters here in the states, so if it is showing at a local cinema, I suggest you go show some support for director Richard Ayoade and OST composer Alex Turner (check out the main song and promotional video here) by watching it and not just looking it up online! Trust me, it deserves to be viewed on the big screen.
Hopefully this was enough to persuade you all to venture to the nearest theater showing this film.