“TYRANNOSAUR”— Two Lonely People

“Tyrannosaur”

 

Two Lonely People

 

Amos Lassen

 

Strand Releasing brings us “Tyrannosaur”, a bold movie that looks at Joseph (Peter Mullan with an outstanding performance) and Hannah (Olivia Colman with another outstanding performance), two lonely and damaged people who come together by chance and circumstance. Joseph is an alcoholic, an unemployed widower and a man with a violent temper. Hannah is a true Christian who works at a charity shop and she is respectable and comes across as happy. When they meet, Hannah sees herself as Joseph’s savior. She thinks that she will be able to tame his anger and she offers him warmth and kindness. However, we learn that Hannah is not who she seems to be. She is married to an abusive husband, James (Eddie Marsan) and she becomes a person in need of a personal savior and Joseph takes that role on.

 

While the story is quite simple, some basic themes are explored here. As Hannah and Joseph navigate through life, they share feelings of pain. As Hannah attempts to reclaim Joseph’s life. She felt the need to help someone else even though she is need of help herself. She is unable to help herself and escape her marriage. When we first meet Joseph, we see him as a man filled with anger and rage who lives a self-destructive life. He is belligerent and when Hannah offers him her hand, he is unmoved. Joseph begins to learn about Hannah and her life when she is not at work.

 

The film deals with salvation but at the hands of people. Our two characters both need a connection, something spiritual but not religious. Hannah suffers from domestic abuse and we see it and it is unnerving. However, our characters rise above it and this abuse is not what the movie is about. It is actually a very small part of the film. Rather we are concerned with the survival of the characters. There is “existential angst” throughout and it seems to me that this is what the film is really about. Joseph and Hannah try to get through life in a world that is filled with chaos and violence. Paddy Considine has directed a powerful film that leaves the viewer thinking and it is on my ten best list for this year. It is hard to describe the film without mentioning a few spoilers and I do not want to do that so I will stop right now and reiterate to you to see this movie.

While the story is quite simple, some basic themes are explored here. As Hannah and Joseph navigate through life, they share feelings of pain. As Hannah attempts to reclaim Joseph’s life. She felt the need to help someone else even though she is need of help herself. She is unable to help herself and escape her marriage. When we first meet Joseph, we see him as a man filled with anger and rage who lives a self-destructive life. He is belligerent and when Hannah offers him her hand, he is unmoved. Joseph begins to learn about Hannah and her life when she is not at work.

The film deals with salvation but at the hands of people. Our two characters both need a connection, something spiritual but not religious. Hannah suffers from domestic abuse and we see it and it is unnerving. However, our characters rise above it and this abuse is not what the movie is about. It is actually a very small part of the film. Rather we are concerned with the survival of the characters. There is “existential angst” throughout and it seems to me that this is what the film is really about. Joseph and Hannah try to get through life in a world that is filled with chaos and violence. Paddy Considine has directed a powerful film that leaves the viewer thinking and it is on my ten best list for this year. It is hard to describe the film without mentioning a few spoilers and I do not want to do that so I will stop right now and reiterate to you to see this movie.

 

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