Tyrannosaur certainly isn’t a film for people who are easily offended, or looking for a rollicking good time. The opening scenes involve a man kicking his dog to death and a little later a husband goes home an urinates on his sleeping wife. This aint no happy joy joy film. But it is an affecting drama that looks at a segment of society where hopelessness is such a prevalent force that people will grab hold of even the slightest glimmer of light.
Tyrannosaur follows the sad and empty life of Joseph, A violent and grieving drunk who in the wake of his wife’s death is trying to come to grips with his anger issues. These issues set him on a collision course with Hannah, a good Christian wife from the right side of town, who runs a charity shop.
When they collide, it’s the the charity shop, which Joseph has decided would be a great place to hid, amongst the racks of clothing no less. Hannah sees his arrival as a divine appointment, and proceeds to try and help him, first by praying for him, and then by just being there for him.
Hannah however has her own demons, and as they get to know each other, it soon becomes apparent that they both need each other to overcome their inner struggles.
Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman drive the story convincingly, drawing the viewer into their lives and making us care for their characters, no matter how flawed they may be. Paddy Considine manages to carefully enrage us with this dark and brooding story, on several occasions, but keeps us mindful that these less than perfect individuals each have there own stories, and skillfully prevents us from wanting to judge them.
Whilst not offering any easy answers to the issues raised in the film, Tyrannosaur certainly engages the brain and pulls at the emotions, delivering a film that will remain seared in your memory for sometime.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read