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SIFF 2011 Movie Review - Submarine

A young man has two goals in his life - to win over the affections of a girl in school that he likes while, at the same time protecting his parents somewhat awkward marriage from an interloper in the shape of his mum's first love. While in many ways this is just another teenage romantic comedy, it is, if nothing else, a well made, at times refreshing, and very enjoyable teenage romantic comedy. Much of the story is told through the droll and rather dry inner musings of the main character, which I enjoyed immensely as it often was delightfully quirky and amusingly self-referential toward the film, teasing, but not breaking, the third wall. I think if I have any complaint about this movie it is the fact that at some point they felt it was necessary to insinuate Drama (with a capital D) to make the film sufficiently interesting/provocative/dramatic. It's not that this is wrong, per say, but more the fact that this is what every film for the most part does and it would have been refreshing if they could have told this story without having to travel down the same old familiar road. But they did throw in some bumps and curves, which helped to vary the path a little and I found the ending pleasantly open and enigmatic. Definitely an excellent film if you're looking for something light and fun to relieve the often intense seriousness that can define the bulk of the films one encounters during SIFF. U.S. Distributor: The Weinstein Company United Kingdom, 2010 (97 minutes) Director: Richard Ayoade Cast: Sally Hawkins, Noah Taylor, Paddy Considine, Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige Director Richard Ayoade scheduled to attend. Festival Screenings: 7:00 PM Fri, May 20 Egyptian Theatre 11:00 AM Sun, May 22 Neptune Theatre