'Submarine' hits screens today
Brit comic Richard Ayoade’s debut feature Submarine has received universally ecstatic reviews (Rolling Stone called it an ‘astringently funny… remarkable feature debut’). Based on a novel by Joe Dunthorne, it’s an idiosyncratic journey into the mind and life of 15-year-old romantic, who has two objectives: to lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to stop his mother from leaving his father for a motivational speaker. His name is Oliver Tate. “I have been waiting too long for the film of my life. This film will capture my particular idiosyncrasies, for example, the way I seduce my classmate Jordana Bevan using only my mind. Also, since my parents’ marriage is being threatened by a man who runs courses on Mental and Physical Wellbeing, the film will probably feature some elaborate set-pieces of me taking him down. There will be helicopter shots. There will be slow-mo, but also transcendent moments, like when I cure my father’s depression. Knowing me as I do, I will be surprised if this film runs to less than three hours. Note to the press: appropriate adjectives to describe this film include ‘breath-taking’ and ‘irresistible’ as well the phrase: ‘a monumental achievement’.” Also worth noting, original songs were written and performed by Alex Turner, the Arctic Monkeys frontman in his first solo project.