- Incorrect synopsis #48593.
- The TIFF website described this as a Welsh Rushmore but I don’t think that necessarily gives you a good idea of what it’s like as Submarine lacks the slavish aesthetic formalism and quirk-filled characters characteristic of Wes Anderson movies. This movie is a lot more atmospheric, for lack of a better word, and no one’s quirks are meant to be whimsical or affected (unless specifically described as such for the purpose of exposing deeper layers of idiosyncrasies). I think the “teenage boys in school uniform” genre is big enough to hold wildly disparate films. See also: Harry Potter.
- There was a lot of really great humour in this and I think much of it was missed on account of the crowd laughing too hard and thus not being able to hear further jokes.
- I liked the colour balance between red, blue, and yellow/beige.
- I’m not sure that I’d want to date someone who was an active bully and liked to burn the hair off people’s legs, but at the same time I’m glad that Jordana was very much in control of what she did and did not want from her relationship with Oliver and called him, the self-described best boyfriend ever, on his supremely horrendous behaviour in missing the visiting hours while her mum was in the hospital.
Plus, I know he didn’t go through with it, but you’re not allowed to poison your girlfriend’s dog. I’m just saying.
- Graham was good for a laugh or two but he was kind of over the top. Lloyd, although considerably less ostentatious, delivered a lot of low key bits that I enjoyed.
- I’m trying to decide how purposeful it was that Oliver often wore a hat like the one Holden Caulfield is described as wearing, only not red.
- I think the great, true, hilarious moment of horror was when Oliver’s mother revealed that she gave Graham a hand job in the back of his van. It’s like everything you fear your parents ever telling you as a teenager, made worse by the fact that the guy has a horrendous mullet and has his own face painted on the side of his vehicle.
- In line I had the misfortune of standing downwind from the chain smoking reincarnation of Heath Ledger.
- Richard Ayoade is delightful and I kind of want to have his babies. He is hilariously self-deprecating and is probably one of the funniest on the spot people I’ve had the pleasure of encountering (such as it is) at a film festival. I think my favourite part was when the final question in the Q&A was given to a guy who had been filming the entire Q&A and Ayoade was like “Are you from Peeping Tom? Do you always ask questions through a camera?” Love it. Hopefully that guy will upload the Q&A to YouTube tonight.
Also, when asked about the set decoration in Oliver’s room, he said that a lot of it was things he would have had in his room. He mentioned a Woody Allen picture and I wonder if anyone bothered to tell him that Allen’s movie You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger screened in the same building just prior to this one. I’m hoping, for his sake, that he somehow caught Allen on the way out as he was on his way in.
- Ben Stiller was there as evidently he was the executive producer on this movie. Ben Stiller is not as funny as Richard Ayoade, not by a long shot.
Categories: 3.5 stars