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5 live Review: Submarine

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Mark Kermode | 12:22 UK time, Monday, 21 March 2011

5 live's resident movie critic Dr Mark Kermode reviews Submarine.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Is this website administered by someone who's being stalked by their evil twin or something?

    Some weeks reviews are available to non-UKers and peace and prosperity reign in the land of your loyal followers and some weeks we're confronted by officious gobbledegook that chides us that somehow it's our fault that content isn't available to us.

    Some weeks posts are not interfered with and then the evil twin takes over and completely unobjectionable posts get deleted for who knows what reason.

    The evil twin needs to have it communicated to him that he needs to seriously chill out.

  • Comment number 2.

    this usually trouble free UK user has also found officious gobbledegook which is incorrect in asking me to install things.


  • Comment number 3.

    It's amazing with all of Simon's interjections and digressions that he has never been able to fully derail the Good Doctor's review... At least, not as far as I can recall...

  • Comment number 4.

    My main problem is that I really want to see Submarine, but it isn't showing anywhere near me (I live near Tiverton in Devon). My nearest option is on the Eastern side of Bristol,a journey of about 2 hours, so four hours of travelling altogether. £40 in petrol before we pay for tickets and take out a loan for stale popcorn.
    Perhaps there are independent cinemas showing it, but I've come up with no options in my own search. I suppose I could just wait for the video, but it just really bugs me that some idiot has chosen to show 'Lord of the Dance 3D' or some such tat, rather than a homegrown, independent festival prizewinning film. Hurumph! Rant over.....for now......

  • Comment number 5.

    I saw this film twice this weekend (sorry oletaolyta I live in London) & loved it. Like a British Youth In Revolt with the sort of out of time setting that Napoleon Dynamite had. Sort of. Also Alex Turner's soundtrack has been on constant rotation since Sunday night.

  • Comment number 6.

    You know that there is a song of the German band "Get well soon" which is called "Werner Herzog gets shot"? The text is very poetic and true to the title.

  • Comment number 7.

    Just been to see Submarine (in Swansea), which might explain why it was playing at the local multiplex.

    I'm sure it won't be to everyone's taste, but I really enjoyed it. It's quirky and awkward, with a real sense of melancholy running through it; much like the most of the characters in the film. But don't let that put you off because it's also pretty damn funny. Very dry and very deadpan, the two leads (Craig Roberts in particular) carry this tone really well and deliver their lines with aplomb. The rest of the cast are all good (Paddy Considine could win mullet of the year), so if you get a chance to see it - then do.

  • Comment number 8.

    Went to see it yesterday and thought it was a lovely, well crafted, self aware, post modern slice of teenage anti-romance. Two brilliant leads - surrounded by a wonderful supporting cast - who are living in a world that is bleak and cold but also warmly nostalgic. It's also right on the mark when it comes to deadpan humour, something you expect from Richard Ayoade.

    My one grip was that it went on a little too long and, like LOTR:ROTK, suffered from having about five suitable closure points before it actually ended.

    But apart from that I thought it was a very well crafted film with a smart sense of humour and a good, if socially awkward, heart.

  • Comment number 9.

    Totally agree with other comments so far. This is one smart and charming debut from Richard Ayoade, I expect bigger things fom him in the future (although judging by the wittertainment interview, he won't like that!).

    Although it is rather sad and deadpan, it also has a warm vein running through its centre. The central performances from Craig Roberts and Yasmin Paige are delivered very straight faced, but the emotion is in the script. All the supporting actors are simply marvellous with particular mention going to Noah Taylor as Lloyd, Oliver's Dad, who is so sweet with an awkwardness that manages to make himself appear very small and insignificant.
    Even though it is based on the novel of the same name one can't help thinking that Ayoade has added a little something of himself into the movie. This could be about any young person on the edges of convention.
    Oh and I know that Mark mentioned Don't Look Now because of the red duffle coat, but I'm pretty sure there is a direct reference to it when Oliver descibes his dream set on the beach where he thinks he sees Jordana.
    May I also recommend reading the Guardian Guide article that Ayoade wrote on movie anti-heroes, it's really rather good.

  • Comment number 10.

    Red coat?....first thought is Schindlers List

  • Comment number 11.

    I was surprised when you mentioned Juno; as soon as I heard you mention Ellen Page I was sure you were thinking of Hard Candy... a film I bought on DVD because of how you raved about it!

  • Comment number 12.

    I went to see this film knowing nothing about it other than it was directed by Moss from the IT Crowd.

    The opening bit got on my nerves more than any film I can remember. Self indulgent carp. I then softened a little and laughed a few times. But before long I was bored, willing the film to finish, and getting pretty fed up with the characters and the melancholy vibe.

    I was surprised that some of the people came out saying they liked it. I was astonished to come home and find that everyone's raving about it. Surely there's a touch of emperor's new clothes going on here. It's dull and tiresome!

  • Comment number 13.

    Hi @Dave
    Well I don't about everyone else but I genuinely really enjoyed this movie. Lots have mentioned how irritated they were by what they thought of as a pretentious performance, but I just didn't see it that way.



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