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Tyrannosaur – review


Tyrannosaur attempts to understand anger, frustration, and retaliation.  Anger manifests itself in different ways in the film.  The film first begins with Joseph killing his dog in a drunken fit of rage, by accidentally kicking it too hard.  He has a drinking problem and has lost his wife, though we’re not sure how recently.   He is also estranged from the rest of his family.  His sister won’t talk to him, and his father is on his death bed, another issue that Joseph has a hard time dealing with.  He comes to an epiphany of sorts after the death of his dog and tries to find a way to lead a better life, or at least come to terms with his rage.

He finds himself in a vintage clothing store one day, run by a very charitable and forgiving woman Hannah.  Hannah hears him hiding amongst the clothing racks sobbing, and attempts to absolve him of his sins.  Joseph is taken aback by this simple form of generosity and begins coming around the shop just to chat.  He soon realizes that Hannah has some demons of her own.  She’s married to a man, James, who verbally and physically abuses her at every turn.  When she’s had enough, she turns to Joseph in hopes that he can help her, as she helped him.

Olivia Coleman is the British actress who plays Hannah.  I’m not very familiar with her work, but she is something else in this picture.  She plays a woman who is kind and caring, yet fragile, and full of her own rage.  To me the film revolves more around her character and plight, than Joseph’s.  Peter Mullan who has been in such films as Children of Men, The Red Riding Trilogy, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is also superb as this drunk, angry, and confused bastard of a man, who doesn’t know where to begin on the road to salvation.  I don’t know wether to hate Joseph the entire film, or feel sorry for him, or not care about him in the least part.  It’s a little of a deterrent throughout the course of the film.

The film really deals with how these characters attempt to deal with their situations, and help each other in the long run.  It’s a subtle film for the most part, but blends some pretty violent acts that are hard to watch or fathom, especially the cruelty to animals part.   The two characters embrace each other, and need to change, but they end up stepping in each other’s shoes throughout the film, causing a setback to that change. It’s a fine film overall though, and a fine debut from director Paddy Considine, and I wouldn’t be shocked if Olivia Coleman got recognized at the Oscars for her work.

Grade:  B