04 Dec

Joseph (played by Peter Mullan) is middle aged, unemployed and now lives on his own as his wife died five years ago. His life is joyless, his home in Leeds is in a dilapidated part of town and his patience is endlessly tested by the chatter of a local child and the constant barking of his neighbour’s dog. Prone to violent fits of rage, Joseph tries hard to control these, but he is a bitter, foul-mouthed, heavy drinker with little else in his life. One day, Joseph meets Hannah (by Olivia Colman) – she is so different to people he knows – she is gentle, religious, runs a charity shop and seems to see the good in all things. She even prays for Joseph and he can scarcely believe such a woman exists. (In fact, “Tyrannosaur” is the pet name he gave his overweight wife who made the house shake when she walked). Through circumstances, Joseph and Hannah encounter each other several times and, although Joseph has little interest in a social life, he discovers the real Hannah – which brings challenges that impact them both …

This movie is one of those magnificent British dramas where the slow burn and raw emotion really seeps into your mind. As you watch, the futility of life continues for this collection of people – nobody is happy and life offers little hope for change. From the opening scene, the cinematography depicts the bleak environment and evokes emotions about these lives – the surroundings are dingy, grey and austere. Everyone is negative and the general atmosphere is one of hopelessness. It is very well made. Peter Mullan’s Joseph is scary and authentic  – I have seen him in several movies (“Trainspotting”, “My Name is Joe” and “On a Clear Day” – all truly realistic and great performances) and I find he performs this type of role very well indeed. Olivia Colman’s gradual presentation of the complex Hanna is beautifully measured and very well done – we get to know her through the gradual exposure of her experiences. She is fascinating – balance this with Eddie Marsan’s performance as her seemingly mind-mannered, but cowardly and cruel husband – another commendable effort. There is actually a positive conclusion to the story, which is a nice way to end it. It is a confronting but good movie – however, be warned, don’t watch it if you feel like a ‘pick me up’.

Made in 2011.  Directed by Paddy Considine

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Posted by on December 4, 2012 in Movies


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One response to “Tyrannosaur

  1. Nostra

    December 4, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    This is one of those movies that’s hard to watch, but is really good and very memorable. I thought it was amazing.


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