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Submarine (2011) – 94/100

Submarine is an enchanting film because of its relate-ability and happy realism. It’s a bildungsroman tale made all the more appealing by its characters’s uncanny similarities to my life, and I would believe to very many lives. What makes this film unique and irresistible is the truth that its narrator/lead emanates. That beneath every perception is a wealth of generated interpretation and meaning, and between two people is a invisible unspeakable closeness made evident only in subtle cues, which must be cherished and looked for. At least, this is exactly what you believe when you are a hopeless romantic, like the one lead actor Craig Roberts portrays.

Adolescence is a time for clinging to unjustified assumptions and emotions because of the pleasure they bring, and Submarine brings this onto the silver screen in perfect artistic form. Hopeless romantics may remember the relative debacle of a movie Youth in Revolt, which is a shoddy American equivalent to this film. The two films differ mostly in their portrayal of ridiculous youthful romanticism, which is exploited through the narrator’s perspective. Youth in Revolt was painful because it showed from an outside perspective how pathetic its lead was, how hopeless and futile and downright lost he was. It gave a bad name for young passion. Submarine centers in the head of its hopeless romantic. Everything is shown through the lens of his unreasonably optimistic eye, thus, the viewer falls for the lead, and feels that he is justified. The cinematography and storytelling of Submarine colors the viewer’s vision, for me a mark of beautifully successful film making.

In addition to me loving the romanticization of the film’s romantic character, I love the quirky side details and stupidly funny yet witty dialogue streamed throughout the film. The music, contributed by Arctic Monkey’s lead man Alex Turner reeks of pleasant nostalgia and adds to the genuine feel of the film. Overall, if you have feelings, see this film, as it will stimulate all of them.


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