Watched Oct 06, 2011
rindiecinema (Liam)’s review:
Tyrannosaur picks up where Paddy Considine's BAFTA winning short Dog Altogether left off. The story follows Joseph (Peter Mullan), a Glaswegian widower living on a council estate in Leeds. It's fair to say that Joseph is not a nice man. The opening scene attests to this and it doesn't stop from there. After a midday fight in a pub Joseph stumbles into Hannah's (Olivia Colman - better known for her comedy roles in Hot Fuzz and Peep Show) charity shop. Middle-classed, well mannered Hannah offers to pray for him and an odd, endearing, troublesome, painful and heartbreaking friendship starts from there. Eddie Marsden's portrayal of Hannah's husband James is fascinating and sinister.
You will be mistaken for believing that this is a film about redemption. The clichéd set up is there but Paddy has erred on the side of realism. Nothing is ever black and white, no one is identifiable as the good guy though it's easy to spot the bad guys - it's all of them in their own way.
I will be very blunt about one thing: Do not watch this if you're feeling in anyway depressed. There's 91 minutes of drinking, domestic violence, crying and fear. Think of it as a slightly less light-hearted Nil By Mouth. That's not to say there isn't a hint of comedy in there - it's played very dry and with a few choice moments including a dog marching across the street with Paul Popplewell in tow.
Shot beautifully and with a excellent soundtrack (that includes a song written by a busker that was hanging around on the set) you should take the time to sit down and enjoy this.