SUBMARINE is a Welsh coming of age film involving a precocious 15-year old who’s trying simultaneously to keep his family together and lose his virginity to his pyromaniac love interest.
From first time director Ayoade, the film mixes a cool soundtrack (there are a slew of Arctic Monkeys tracks littered throughout) with the same type of adolescent charm that made RUSHMORE so successful. The performances are uniformly great, the humor lively throughout. The film owes a great deal to the style of Wes Anderson, and if that type of offbeat comedy doesn’t speak to you, this one will certainly fail to impress.
Still, in its charming, sometimes mildly clumsy ways, SUBMARINE finds it way and is a solid, funny piece.