Submarine is a dark coming-of-age film about 15-year-old Oliver Tate, a boy living Swansea, Wales and the many obstacles he faces at the pinnacle of his adolescence. He sees his life as a film, in which he mentions in his narrations. Also, he is an alienated and pretentious teenager however Oliver sees him self as some-what of a genius whose classmates idolize, him when in fact he is bullied. This is instantly known from the very beginning of the film with Oliver telling himself how he imagines his town would react to him dying suddenly, which includes every member of his school lining the streets of Swansea with candles and saying ‘What a genius he was!’ and ‘What could we possibly do without him?’. However one of Oliver’s possible downfalls would be his love for fellow classmate, Jordana Bevan, his rebellious love interest.
Oliver has similarities to Jordana in the sense that they are both social outcasts, think themselves on a higher level to the rest of the world and don’t really like people very much. Jordana sees these similarities and decides to take a fancy to Oliver and tells him to met her under a bridge with a Polaroid camera which terrifies Oliver (to the audiences delight), and in thend ends up being Jordana’s way of intiating Oliver into her life, by kissing and taking photgraphs(is this how it always was?)
Throughout the book their relationship goes through an up and down there, but they enjoy each others company to commit arson, (as you do).
Oliver Tate: I don’t quite know what I am yet. I’ve tried flipping coins; listening exclusively to French crooners; I’ve even had a brief art phase, but nothing stuck.
Oliver also has to deal with his parents relationship slowly deteriorating as as every weeks he checks their bedroom light to see if there relationship still has ‘a strong connection’. However his mother seems ready to leave Oliver’s father for a ‘new-era-fitness-believer-type-person’. Which then leads Oliver to question his relationship with Jordana, leading him alienate her.
Richard Ayodade, director of the film, is a first-time film maker and actore on the IT Crowd a comedy shown on Channel 4 and I am very sure that i can say that every person that has watched this can agree that this was a splendid film which really put Ayoade on the map for directing.