Monday 7 February 2011

SUBMARINE trailer review

In an incredible piece of counter programming, Warp Films have chosen today to release the trailer for Richard Ayoade's directorial debut, Submarine. Who needs the Superbowl ads? This is where the cool kids are.

UPDATED: Whereas earlier the trailer was only available via 'liking' the film's facebook page, it's now been made freely available via YouTube. Here it is for your enjoyment.

Firstly, I am a fan of Richard Ayoade, both as an actor and a director. Submarine may be his first big screen outing, but he's directed some interesting television work, including the modern Christmas classic, AD/BC: The Rock Opera. Working here from Joe Dunthorne's novel, Ayoade's sense of humour isn't immediately noticeable, and Submarine appears much more melancholic and romantic than you'd first expect. Through its stylings, setting and costuming, it appears to me to be a cross between Harold and Maude and Gregory's Girl, and clearly holds the troubled romances of the French New Wave in some reverence.

For me the trailer shows everything I'd been hoping for, and I can't wait to see how Paddy Considine's mystical rocker fits into this tale of youthful woes and burgeoning romance. Oliver Tate may appear to be a slightly Max Fischer-ish character, but he also appears to have a equally dry sense of humour. This looks like a properly cool piece of British Cinema, and I can't wait.

Due March 18th
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