Submarine | Film Review


Submarine, directed and written by Richard Ayoade, is a film based in the early 90's about a fifteen year-old boy named Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) who falls in love with the quirky Jordana (Yasmin Paige), and also has to figure out a way to save his parent's marriage. The film was an upgrade from the astonishing novel Submarine by Joe DunthorneThe masterpiece was at last premiered in September 2010, with great success.

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22 Jump Street's Craig Roberts played the bashful Oliver Tate. He goes day by day just infatuated with the strange, yet beautiful, Jordana. He then starts to believe he will do anything just to win her heart. Although he is against bullying, Oliver begins to bully an overweight, hushed girl, Zoe. He starts to finally realize how terrible his choice is once she falls in a pond reaching for her books that he's taunting her with. Then, he goes on to write a step-by-step rulebook for the girl on how to push through bullying. Although that was just an addition to the story, it helps us see what Oliver's character really is like. He will always put others before himself, but also doesn't stop when he sets his goals. He never gave up on Jordana for a bullying incident; he solved the problem on his own time so he could finish his process with her.
   The story proceeds as Oliver internally drools over the life-changing Jordana in her red coat. She has a skin condition that gets brought up frequently. It usually gets intense when being around dogs, but being Miss Jordana, she doesn't care how her skin looks, so long as she's content spending time with her furry friends.
   Jordana and Oliver exchange many looks in their classroom. Finally, she tells him to meet her under the school bleachers with a journal and a polaroid camera. She then kisses him passionately and takes dozens of photos on the Polaroid camera and tells him to write in the journal how he felt about the kiss. They 'accidentally' left the pictures lying around the school grounds so others will stop believing Oliver was a homosexual. That's when their relationship started to escalate with daily adventures, letters, and pure happiness.
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   They both agreed to not have a relationship too passionate or cuddly. He was never allowed to put his arm around her or be in any way romantic. Some may say that's a terrible relationship, but everyone's relationships are different. They were satisfied with what they had, and wouldn't change it for the world. A few twists and turns occur, like most relationships, such as sexual difficulties and family problems. Jordana received un-wanted news of her mother having a brain tumor. She and Oliver both struggled with their own families, and drifted apart, but their love stayed strong; they learned to push through and find love again. Their love story is one that can live on for eternity. Jordana and Oliver challenged each other, tried new things, and always took not one, but two steps.


The other side of the story was Oliver trying to save his parent's marriage before it went down in flames. Jill (Sally Hawkins), Oliver's mother, begins to spend time with her ex-boyfriend, Graham (Paddy Considine), and she and her husband, Lloyd (Noah Taylor), begin to drift apart. Oliver decides to begin his mission to save their marriage, which involves spying and persuading. He follows his mother around at the fair on the beach shore, and watches her get into the back of Graham's van. He breaks into his house with utter rage and damages a few items in his home. Graham catches him and takes him home. Graham eventually moves away, and his parent's relationship begins to grow again.

This film has inspired me in so many ways. Oliver taught me to always chase the one you love and never let your fears get in the way. He also taught me to stay true with the your loved ones. He was never too close to his parents, but he still had a strong love for them. Throughout the film, Oliver would remind himself multiple times that he will be the 'best boyfriend ever', and he stuck to it.
   Submarine is an astonishing piece that made me look at the world in a completely different way. Thank you to the honorary Richard Ayoade for opening people's eyes, and making the pictures pleasing to the human eye.

"I like the inner monologue at the beginning of the movie, where Oliver talks about how people live off of the belief that they are individuals, that there is no one like them―that they have a purpose. He says that this is what keeps us going through rough times. That's exactly how I feel. I believe there is a reason for my existence, and I want to find out what it is. There is a reason I am me and no one else, and I want to live whatever life I was given while I can. 
"This is why, although I may be extremely sad before it in the future, I don't believe that suicide would ever pose itself as an option for me. It's utterly temporary, and I'm too curious and a romantic minded of a person to just leave behind everything that might've been for something that will most likely pass over in the mere future." 

― Lilly Glennon, recommender of the film.


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Make sure to check out the soundtrack (Alex Turner's [The Arctic Monkeys] EP) for Submarine!