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I walked into Submarine cautiously optimistic, because it’s Richard Ayoade’s debut film, and I’m a huge fan of his from Darkplace and The IT Crowd. It far exceeded all of my expectations. It’s pretty much wonderful all the way around. Great writing, great directing, and every performance is terrific. Just when you think it might veer off into too-cute territory, it reigns itself in and then tugs at your heartstrings a little and then makes you laugh and so on and so forth. It was a joy to watch, which is not something I say/think about movies very often. Also, the soundtrack is by Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys, and even though I don’t really care for that band all that much, all the music was great. So many thumbs and stars for this one, really.