directed by Paddy Considine
I was supremely bummed when Paddy Considine’s phenomenal film about a down and out friendship between a volatile fuckup and a quiet shop owner with demons of her own garnered no love from the dear old Academy, but it doesn’t change the fact that Tyrannosaur is a must see and one of the finest films of 2011. In fact, I realized after referencing it in my review of Justin Kurzel’s amazing Snowtown that I never reviewed it myself. For shame, BC! Anyway, aside from being confidently and excellently directed by Considine (who still makes me laugh audibly as the mustachioed Detective Andy Wainwright in Hot Fuzz), the film is shatteringly acted by both Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman. Mullan and Colman share a strained yet sincere chemistry with one another that rings truer than any flowery romcom Hollywood can regurgitate onto the silver screen. I know that many of you may diverge from my view with regard to this, but I always find film relationships like this much more affecting and much more believable than all the Noahs and Allies Hollywood can cook up, a sentiment that has found me on the defending end of such statements as “Natural Born Killers is one of the best love stories of our generation,” or “of course Richie and Margot Tenenbaum can love one another!” At the risk of that last statement sounding a bit too Cassavetian- weird, BC. You just referenced The Notebook and pseudo-incest. To which Nick Cassavetes blunder are you referring? (Touché, good reader)- thusly I shall return to the point: relationships and romance like the one found in films like Tyrannosaur speak to me in more profound ways than the more generic, traditionally desired type. And Mullan’s talent is staggering as he explodes and implodes as Joe, a full time loser with a miniscule fuse. It is only through the quiet, timid efforts of the equally damaged Hannah (a superbly heart breaking Olivia Colman) that the two begin to find something that resembles hopefulness. The film tips over the edge in Bellflower-esque fashion at times, but the sum of its parts is a tough yet wonderful film, a definite contender on anyone’s “must see” lists.