When most people see a picture of Richard Ayoade they would giggle and think that’s Moss from IT crowd. The more left field kooky comedy enthusiasts will know him as Saboo from Mighty Boosh or even as Dean Learner from Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place. If you have seen him as a clearly clever yet still very funny talking head on a panel show it wouldn’t be that surprising that Richard has turned he’s hands to film making.
Ayoade bravely took on the task of writing and directing a feature film based on the Curtis Brown Prize-winning novel by Joe Dunthorne. It’s a coming of age film about a 15 year old boy called Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) who is madly in love with school mate Jordana (Yasmin Paige) who he considers perfect apart from the occasional bouts of eczema. Parallel to the book Oliver Tate narrates the film, and being such a complex layered boy automatically makes the film quite high brow. All Oliver wants to do is loose he’s virginity (with Jordana) before he’s next birthday and stop he’s parents marriage from breaking down. Oliver does have a lot on he’s plate and is one of the most charming and intriguing characters however the sub plots surrounding he’s parents played seamlessly by Noah Taylor and Sally Hawkins manage to not go missing in the film.
If you cannot sit through a film without explosions or something that doesn’t star Vin Diesel and/or Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson then you probably won’t be able to appreciate just how well made Submarine is. Tell a lie Jordana is a bit of a pyromaniac but the nearest thing you’ll get an action beef cake would be Oliver’s Mothers ex-lover who is now a new age guru played brilliantly by Paddy Considine.
Although Ayoade generally works on the telly Submarine worked perfectly in the cinema. If you’re quick you may still be able to catch it but it could be enjoyed at home with someone on the right wave length. Submarine is saccharine, confident, funny, overall quite cinematic, and at times possibly poignant. If Ayoade can knock out films of this quality every other year then the UK has another film institution on its hands. We are very interested in this.