Thursday, July 28, 2011

SUBMARINE (Richard Ayoade, 2010)

***
UK
A familiar, darkish coming of age tale marked by both the buzz and the pitfalls of a first feature. Ayoade borrows techniques from sources that are expected (Wes Anderson) and expected-but-encouraging (Godard). The story is ultimately too overstretched and lean on insight to allow for extended montages cut to tremulous indie tracks. But there is some truth to it and the cast - headlined by the intuitive, disarmingly confident Craig Roberts and featuring the fabulous Sally Hawkins - is pitch-perfect.

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