Tyrannosaur – review

As soon as the credits began to roll, I was already looking forward to Paddy Considine’s next film. As an actor Considine has such a huge cult following, and his directorial debut is sure to widen his popularity. After such critical acclaim for his short film “Dog Altogether”, with many saying it felt like the beginning of a bigger story; Considine went away and wrote Tyrannosaur. With this film, Considine finds his artistic voice with aplomb, he manages to find something pure amongst the bleak surroundings of anger and abuse. This script mixed with good cinematography makes for a film you will almost certainly remember.

Set in Leeds in the present day; Joseph (Peter Mullan), an ageing widowed man struggles with anger issues. His confrontational nature leads to him being beaten up by local youths, he struggles to walk home and falls asleep outside a charity shop. Hannah (Olivia Colman), a Christian middle-class woman who runs the charity shop, discovers him and helps him out. Despite her kindness, Joseph in a aggrieved mood begins a verbal attack on Hannah for her unrealistic view of the world. This crushing bit of dialogue is so blunt, you cannot help but feel sorry for the Olivia Colman’s character. Olivia Colman has such a sweet innocence in her face which was perfect for the role. Brilliant in Peep Show, but this performance surely gives her recognition on a bigger stage. Despite this incident, Joseph and Hannah form an unlikely relationship. Hannah needs an escape from her abusive husband James (a frightening portrayal by Eddie Marsan) and she finds solace not in her religion, but in Joseph.

This is not one for the fainted hearted (especially if you are a dog-lover), but if you can cope with the gritty nature, you are left with an eloquent narrative which is so moving. The Guardian says the British film industry could be experiencing a renaissance period, if that is true, Paddy Considine must be one of the leaders of this new emerging director talent.

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