Having made the festival rounds at Toronto, London and now Sundance, I.T. Crowd star Richard Ayoade’s directorial debut Submarine is garnering a lot of acclaim for itself. Starring Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine, Yasmin Paige and Noah Taylor, it’s a coming-of-age-tale that has been winning over pretty much everyone who has seen it. Our own Jordan Raup, a man of serious taste, saw it this past September at TIFF and loved it. Among other things, it’s earning comparisons to the work of Wes Anderson (particularly Rushmore), which only adds to people’s anticipation. The first poster has premiered at MTV (via ThePlaylist), and gives off a vibe that feels indie but not to a degree where it’s off-putting. I especially like the visual metaphor and pun that’s communicated here, and it’s not helping to quell my intense desire to see the movie. You can take a look at it below:
Plot: Meet Oliver Tate, a precocious 15-year-old whose worldview is exceedingly clever and largely delusional (he imagines the outpouring of grief that would spread through Wales if he died). Oliver carries a briefcase, doesn’t agree with everything Nietzsche said but concedes that he had some interesting points, peruses the dictionary for new words (fla•gi•tious, adj, wickedly shameful), and suspects his mother of having an affair with their New Age neighbor. But foremost on Oliver’s mind is finding a girlfriend. Enter Jordana Bevan.
Adapted from Joe Dunthorne’s wry novel and bolstered by aesthetic wit, fabulous performances, and a clever score by Andrew Hewitt (with songs by Alex Turner), Submarine evokes the spontaneity and breezy cinematic cool of the French New Wave. Ayoade sidesteps coming-of-age clichés to explore a kid who’s too self-absorbed to realize that to know somebody, you first have to remove yourself from the center of the universe.
What do you think of this poster? Do you want to see Submarine?