Submarine Dives into Hearts

by Kristin Washagan
Features Editor

   Every few years, a coming of age film finds a way to change your outlook on self-actualization, love and hope. Films of this sort have the ability to resonate in the hearts of viewers even years later. A classic example is the 2011 Sundance Film Festival winner, Submarine.
   Based on the novel Submarine by Joe Dunthorne, the story follows a 15 year old boy, Oliver Tate, with two goals in life: to save his parents’ marriage and to seduce classmate and ideal soul mate, the anti-romantic, pyromaniac Jordana Bevan. Writer and director, Richard Ayoade, transforms the story into a cinematic masterpiece.
   The film is neither a comedy nor a tragedy; it represents life and, just like life, Submarine has sad moments, touching moments and many darkly humorous moments.
   Oliver, played by Craig Roberts, is an unlikely hero. Oliver is neither heroic nor charming and has many unusual quirks, but maybe that’s what makes him so relatable. The audience doesn’t know whether to harshly judge him for some of his decisions or sympathize with him over his hardships.
   Much like Oliver, the character of Jordana, played by Yasmin Page, is far from perfect. Mysterious yet bold, Jordana finds joy in bullying other classmates, spitting and setting things on fire. But even though she has a tough persona, various moments in the film show that there are numerous sides to Jordana Bevan.
   Along with trying to kindle a romance with Jordana, the insecure protagonist struggles in trying to save his parents’ relationship. From spying to writing fake love letters, Oliver does whatever it takes to keep his family together.
   The tone of the film is enhanced by the soundtrack, written and recorded by the Arctic Monkeys’ front man, Alex Turner. The soft tunes express love, heartache and self-discovery—all huge aspects of the movie.
   Because of his misfortune and poor decision making skills, Oliver is not perfect; he is human. Viewers, young and old, find themselves sympathizing or relating to the messy or downright awkward events surrounding a shy 15 year old. That alone is what makes Submarine a realistic representation of growing up and finding oneself.

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2 Comments on “Submarine Dives into Hearts”

  1. Orville September 2, 2014 at 12:05 am #

    Excellent blog! Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you recommend starting with a free platform like
    Wordpress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m
    totally overwhelmed .. Any recommendations?

    • Kristin Washagan September 8, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

      I’m glad you enjoy our website! As an aspiring writer and journalist myself, I would definitely recommend using WordPress. It is an excellent way to get yourself out there and see how others enjoy your work. If you do decide to post some work, make sure to let us know! The TomTom staff loves reading all kinds of articles and stories. Good luck!

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