October 24, 2011

Justify My Netflix: Submarine

(Like many Netflix customers, I too can get quite lax with the timely watching and returning of my movies, which of course defeats the entire purpose of having a flat-rate rental plan in the first place. To combat that, I am now writing standardized mini-reviews of each and every movie I end up watching through Netflix, both instantly and on DVD. Don't forget, all previous 'Justify My Netflix' reviews can be found on CCLaP's main movie page.)


Today's movie: Submarine, 2010 (Amazon | IMDB | Netflix | Wikipedia)

Why I added it to my queue: Solely and exclusively because it was directed by Richard Ayoade, one of the stars of one of my favorite British sitcoms of all time, the darkly surreal workplace comedy The IT Crowd.

The reality: Oh, so disappointing! Because despite being the co-writer of the equally brilliant TV show Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (a spoof of those '70s horror anthologies that were always hosted by a blowhard famous genre novelist), Submarine isn't nearly the surreal masterpiece that either of these shows are, but rather a paint-by-numbers quirky indie coming-of-age tale that seems to be as synonymous with low-budget British filmmakers by now as dour dramas about small-town coal miners are too, a sorta Rushmore meets Billy Eliot that I confess I turned off altogether about halfway through, because it was just becoming so ridiculously easy for me to exactly guess what was going to happen in each next scene. A film with a great pedigree -- Ben Stiller was the producer, and Arctic Monkeys did the original soundtrack -- its utter predictability and shrill forced quirkiness makes it just that much more a disappointment, a monumental waste of Ayoade's proven talents that is likely to let down nearly all his existing fans. It does not come recommended.

Strangest piece of trivia: Much like The Cable Guy, Ben Stiller is not only a producer but appears in a recurring cameo, as a character in an American soap opera that is often on television in the backgrounds of scenes.

Worth your time? No

Filed by Jason Pettus at 9:58 AM, October 24, 2011. Filed under: Movies | Reviews |