Director: Richard Ayoade
Stars: Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine, Gemma Chan, Ben Stiller
Submarine is the best Wes Anderson movie that Anderson himself didn’t make. The director here is British comedian turned filmmaker Richard Ayoade, whose quirky instincts lend a feeling of anti-Hollywood daringness to Submarine, a teen comedy for open-minded viewers.
Craig Roberts, a talented young actor, endlessly charms as a kid juggling his desire to save his feuding parents’ marriage with an obsession to lose his sexual V-card. Refreshingly, Ayoade doesn’t telegraph his punch lines or sight gags, nor does he feel the need to play with any Superbad-like raunchiness; Submarine, in all its unique elegance, remains bravely deadpan throughout.