A depressing definition of the term misnomer.
The breathtaking performances from Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman make Paddy Considine’s debut feature exceptional. Their conflicting characters’ intertwining arcs are entertaining, moving, but devastating. Therein lies the problem with Tyrannosaur – it’s so hard to watch and even harder to enjoy. Considine’s bleak narrative and vile presentation of loneliness, rage and violence piles on the torment from the moment in begins (an opening scene where Mullan’s Joseph brutally kicks a dog to death, no less).
It’s no doubt an interesting, challenging and thought-provoking piece of cinema, but an inescapably unsettling experience that will leave many struggling to find the courage to sit through it let alone watch it again.