Wednesday, November 16, 2011
My Review of Tyrannosaur
Well, if you know Olivia Colman, you know GOOD work! The above photo was taken tonight after the film and I was so thrilled to meet and chat with her.
Let me start by saying her performance in this film is OSCAR WORTHY!
The movie starts out very compelling, Joseph (Peter Mullan) coupled with rage and anger that you don't really expect. The shear madness of it all will have you inching up in your seat just drooling wondering what will happen next!
Skip ahead to when we first see Hannah (Olivia Colman), you already can feel this character...she's warm, loving, almost sacred-there can be nothing wrong with this child of God.
We find out later in the movie there is a lot of things wrong with Hannah. Namely, she is a victim of domestic abuse over and over and over. I can relate to her turmoil, not sure what to do, how to get away from it, making excuses and lying to your friends...it's just a vicious cycle that we victims have gone through until we find the strength to leave. Which, by the way, she did leave-yeah!
There is a part in the movie where she is praying over Joseph's father and you'd think she was a nun the way the words flowed, sounding so heavenly. The use of sound reduction in this particular scene works amazingly. Joseph's eyes and the faint whisper of her voice in back of them...really well done!
The story continues and moves to happier times with Hannah and Joseph in a pub, celebrating the life of Joseph's now deceased father. The joy that was forgotten in both their lives was brought seemingly back to life in those moments. Watching it, I reflected back to more care-free times in my life where I could enjoy a glass of wine with friends and just talk about anything, laugh about anything, no worries, all the world's trouble's forgotten. This scene hit the mark, I think a lot of people probably felt the same way watching it. If they didn't, there's something wrong with them.
When we reach the end of the movie, the twist of fate that occurs was just so unexpected for me. Inside, it made me want to scream and shout and cheer for Hannah, but at the same time I felt so sad for her. Joseph's life will go on now, but with a sort of calm that only Hannah could provide.
If you want to know why the movie is named "Tyrannosaur" it will be revealed to you in the movie, I'm certainly not going to tell you! Go watch it!
Two Thumbs WAY Up!!
OSCAR WORTHY!!! You heard it here! OSCAR WORTHY!!!
Please be sure to "Like" The Film on Facebook!
Bravo to the Newport Beach Film Festival and the Orange County Film Society for another well-done screening!
Please help us by volunteering this coming year. For more information on the Festival, please visit: