9 out of 10

Release Date: 11th October 2011

Director: Paddy Considine

Cast: Peter Mullan Olivia Colman, Eddie Marsan, Ned Dennehy, Sally Carman, Samuel Bottomley, Sian Breckin and Paul Popplewell

Writer: Paddy Considine


To be proofread: Actor Paddy Considine‘s debut is a considerable achievement.  It’s accomplished in every single department: story telling, script, acting, casting, locations, music score etc. Everything is just brilliant. Set somewhere in the East Midlands, Tyrannosaur tells the story of a fierce widower called Joseph (PETER MULLAN – SUNSHINE ON LEITH) who has a very loose grip on his temper and a firm love of booze. A clear change is needed in this neighbourhood menace’s life. His best friend is dying of cancer and he’s accidentally killed his dog.  After an altercation he hides in a clothes rack in Hannah’s (OLIVIA COLMAN – GREEN WING) charity shop. A strong Christian in an abusive marriage to rent-a-c*nt Eddie Marsan (FILTH) shows that they both have their own mountain of problems to sort through. The begin a very shaky friendship and life slowly begins to get better – or does it?

Peter Mullan brings class to every single film he acts in, no matter how terrible it may be – see The Liability (or not).  He’s rarely if ever been better, but one senses that Considine has cast him to play to his strengths. He’s definitely acting within his comfort zone. He reminds me here of previous roles in the likes of My Name Is Joe or Young Adam.  Elsewhere Eddie Marsan is called upon to play another wanker for his collection. It’s Olivia Colman who is the revelation here. Previously know for her part in ensemble comedies on TV like Green Wing and Peepshow, she has opened a door to series of great dramatic roles. Her performance here is shattering and the story takes her to some very dark places.  It’s a very bold and brave piece and I look forward to seeing what she has lined up in the future after her commendable turn in the UK TV series Broadchurch.

Paddy Considine proves that he’s got a great eye for a shot and the locations are a bleak and realistic as you can get. His ear for dialogue is also winning too.  A talented actor himself, he resists the temptation to do a corny cameo like a lot of actor directors (step forward Dexter Fletcher – what were you thinking in Sunshine On Leith?)  Tyrannosaur won’t be to everybody’s taste but if you can swallow the depression there are signs of hope and redemption for almost everyone concerned.  Special mention goes to the supporting cast too. Every single person down to the extras, perform miracles.  A late review for a thoroughly excellent British movie!

9 out of 10 – Damn near perfect. Just a bit bleak for mass consumption. I look forward to seeing another movie from Paddy Considine one day.



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