Indie Gems: Tyrannosaur

It's called a metaphor.

Why point out the obvious? When I was reading reviews/user comments about this film I was shocked to find how many hated the title. I'm also somewhat shocked on the amount of people that actually thought the film was about dinosaurs, but that's a whole other story.. I think the title is perfect, especially when you learn why it's called Tyrannosaur.

Joseph (Peter Mullen) has always been prone to fits of rage. One night after he kicks his own dog to death (not gonna lie, I fast forwarded through the scene) he finally seeks a chance at redemption when he meets Hannah, (Olivia Colmen) a timid Christian woman who has a terrible, to put it lightly, marriage to a man named James. (Eddie Marsan)

It has to be said: This film is depressing. There are no happy endings, what little redemption our main characters receive comes at a horrific price. The light at the end of the tunnel is still dim. When Joseph has his last angry outburst, though it may seem justified, you know when he's sitting in his yard putting on his best Clint Eastwood impression, that his actions are going to cost him. The acting in the movie is fantastic. Mullen and Colmen are very believable in their parts, and they wear their character's hurt on their faces. Marsan is easily one of the most unlikeable characters in recent memory. Even though the movie is sad and grey, I couldn't take my eyes off it. It's mesmerizing to say the least.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: A

Memorable Quote: "Why would you kick your buddy?" - Hannah (Olivia Colman)


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