So, it’s been a while since I’ve added a film to my “Hipster Film Club” so I figured I’d give you lot another great little independent gem. For those who don’t know, Hipster Film Club is a series of reviews in which I look at the more unknown films that I absolutely loved and I think you should totally check out. Like my other additions to the series, I’m not going to give these films a numerical score or rating (as I figured in order to get a place on this list, the film had to be pretty good). With all that out the way, let’s look at today’s film – Submarine.
Submarine is a quirky coming of age drama/comedy directed by British comedian Richard Ayoade (who you might know from TV shows such as “The IT Crowd”). Now, I know a lot of people (me included) who tend to cringe at the very mention of a “coming of age drama”. They are normally either seeped in teenage angst and melodrama or crazily pretentious (talking about “moments of awakening” or something like that). However, Submarine manages to bring something incredibly fresh and innovative to the genre. The story focuses on a boy named Oliver Tate and his teenage years in a small Welsh village, during which he has to struggle with maintaining a relationship with his girlfriend whilst also trying to re-kindle his parents dying marriage. This in itself may not sound particularly revolutionary, however it’s the character themselves, the tone, wittiness and deadpan ‘tongue-in-cheek’ humour that make this movie truly special.
The script (and the straight-faced “Wes Anderson-esque” delivery of the lines by the actors) is genuinely hilarious. I’ve always had a great love for comedies that rely on a combination of clever dialogue, and bucket loads of sarcasm, and Submarine delivers this kind of comedy. The majority of the humour in the film comes from the crazy, quirky characters and their interactions they have with the other characters and their interactions with one another. Be it a crazy new-age hippie guru, a rebellious teenage love interest, or the main character of Oliver – a cinephile who is wise beyond his years (yet still quite socially awkward), the characters just work so well together to provide excellent comedic moments.
Despite all of the comedy Submarine is also incredibly heartfelt. Tackling a lot of interesting and important issues and events that effect a lot of people as they grow up. Living in a relatively small town in Britain I never really connected with many of the other coming of age dramas. Not in the way a lot of other people did. I was never a jock (in fact I’m not entirely sure I know what a ‘jock’ is), I never had a “super sweet sixteen” and prom was never really a big thing. However, there’s just something about Submarine that was different for me. The film is pretty much universal and has something to say for almost anyone from any walk of life.
The film also has an absolutely phenomenal soundtrack by Alex Turner (from the Arctic Monkeys). The songs just fit the scenes perfectly, enhancing the melancholic scenes and adding extra emphasis to the feelings of youthfulness throughout the movie. After I watched the film, the first thing I did was go and find the soundtrack and I’ve been listening to it on repeat ever since (I’ll attach a link to it at the bottom of this review if you want to check it out).
If you’re even vaguely curious about this film, I’d say it’s well worth a look if you can find it. I really enjoyed it, and I get the feeling you will too.
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