The influence of Considine’s lifelong friend and collaborator Shane Meadows is clear to see throughout Tyrannosaur, from the realist style and sparse, yet intense dialogue, to the film’s sporadic moments of brutal violence. However, it would be unfair to label Considine’s debut as purely derivative. His approach is perhaps less-informed by genre and more concerned with establishing a certain tone and atmosphere, with both his film and its audience benefiting immensely.
An astute and endlessly impressive first feature – whilst also a suitable, if stylistically contrasting partner piece to Richard Ayoade’s own 2011 debut, Submarine, in which Considine appears – Tyrannosaur proudly upholds the British cinematic tradition of producing affecting, character-driven social dramas. The central trio of Mullan, Colman and Marsan are all superb (Colman particularly so), their pitch-perfect performances assuring that Considine’s film steers well clear of being merely ‘misery porn’.