It’s a long, overdue, blog that has been needed for some time so here it is:
Tyrannosaur is nothing short of a typical British gritty drama. Paddy Considine, finding his success from the works of Shane Meadows, is not new to British dramas. Regardless of this generalisation, Tyrannosaur is fantastic and a triumph for British cinema.
This film itself is very, very tough to watch, but this is one thing that grips the viewer into watching this film further. Among the gripping scenes of the films, there are three terrific acting performances by Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman and Eddie Marsan. Ultimately it is the powerful performance between Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman that keeps you hooked and intrigued.
Considering it is Paddy Considine’s directorial debut on the big screen, it is simply fantastic as the two protagonist’s relationship intertwines, the more the viewer is kept on the edge with the gritty drama. However, much of the focus is on the storyline and the deep intertwining of these characters, as they are the essence of keeping the viewer on the edge of their seat. For example, the character of James, who plays Hannah’s wife, is one of detest. The first time we see his character, he tries to wake Hannah up, when discovering she won’t wake up, he instead decides to urinate on her, then in the morning when he tries it on with Hannah, when she is cleaning sofa after the night before, but when she says no he states “I’ll go have a wank instead then”. With these two blunt starting images of James, the viewers can begin to have an immediate detest of this character.
I find this intriguing because it’s not the first character a slight detest can be seen as Peter Mullan’s character, Joesph, first scene is that we see him leave a betting shop in clear anger, and in his fit of rage, he kills his dog. Some viewers would dislike this characters first action. Impressions, for me are a big key theme inside this film as we grow to learn more of Joesph’s character, we find he is rather a humble, gentle man, just grief-stricken by the death of his wife.
The main themes throughout this film, if I had to pinpoint any, would have to be characters and their impressions. Considine’s emphasis of impressions is expressed through the characters of Joesph and Hannah, as they both change as their friendship intertwines furthermore as story unfolds. Tyrannosaur, it is nothing short of a fantastic gritty drama. Considine’s first shot at directing is fabulous and a definite triumph for British cinema.
It also grips the audience with the tale of domestic violence in the form of Hannah being violently abused by her husband, James. This is where the film becomes difficult to watch, as the violence is brutal and shocking. Also with an added rape scene performed by James on Hannah, which makes the film even more difficult to watch. However, the shocks do not stop there, as there is a terrifying twist involved at the end of the film.
All in all, the gripping drama is enough to keep the audience on the edge of their seats as there are a few unexpected twists involved and with the fantastic acting displays by Olivia Colman and Peter Mullan making it triumph even more so, as they keep the viewers on edge even more so with the character of Joesph, with his ability to snap and turn into an angry man, capable of murder. If you are interested in your British drama films, this is a must-watch for me, as it is simply excellent.
It may not have been my best, but this film is brilliant and needed to be shared if you’ve not heard of it. But any feedback is appreciated, thank you for reading.