Dir: Richard Ayoade
Submarine seems to be the first standout British example of the coming-of-age romantic comedy. Actor & comedian Richard Ayoade here makes an assured directorial debut, bringing enough originality and warmth into the mix to make for a highly engaging hundred minutes at the cinema.
Craig Roberts plays Oliver Tate, a fifteen year old, angst-riddled lad in a small Welsh town with a penchant for snooping on his functional, if emotionally repressed parents (played brilliantly by Sally Hawkins and Noah Taylor).
Oliver manages to find love in the tricksy petty-arsonist Jordana (Yasmin Paige) – who’s “slightly more popular” than himself.
In a supporting role, Paddy Considine steals the show as Graham Purvis – a phoney, bemulleted spiritualist with designs on Oliver’s mother.
As well as these finely crafted characters, Ayoade shows real cinematic flair with some great sequences – most notably a flashback, told in super-8…