Quickie: Sightseers

Tina (Alice Lowe) and her new boyfriend Chris (Steve Oram) are escaping from her overbearing mother for a caravanning holiday around England. However, what starts as trips to tram museums and the like soon takes a dark twist that shows Chris’s true colours.

Ben Wheatley’s Kill List was a somewhat twisted affair and his follow-up film, Sightseers, is no different.

First and foremost it’s a comedy, but a very dark one. There’s a black-as-night core to the film that is at best unsettling and at worst really rather gruesome. But that’s where it excels. The mundanity of caravanning and visiting pencil museums, for example, juxtaposed with insanity and brutality is the crux of the picture and it works excellently. There are even a few nods to Kill List, making the whole thing seem even more twisted.

But it is funny, too. There are a few great one-liners as well as some rather bizarre surreal humour. Both Alice Lowe and Steve Oram (who also wrote the film) deliver their lines brilliantly, often with deadpan sincerity.

There are a few story issues here and there, however. It feels a little like a sketch turned into a film, and there are times when parts of the story don’t quite knit together or feel a little abandoned.

Sightseers is a very British film, particularly in its humour and, as such, might not appeal to everyone. However, if you do have a penchant for British wit and fancy something a little different, Sightseers is a lot of fun.

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31 thoughts on “Quickie: Sightseers

  1. jjames36 says:

    Sounds like my kind of movie. I need to get my hands/eyes on this.

    Good news is Netflix will be releasing it soon. Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Mark Walker says:

    We’re in agreement, once again, Chris. I thought this was a great little film. Darkly, darkly funny.

  3. CMrok93 says:

    Too much of the same joke, over and over again, but still fun to watch nonetheless. Ben Wheatley is definitely a talent that deserves to be looked out for. Good review Chris.

  4. Awesome! Got this lined up to watch, can’t wait! solid review :)

  5. Monkeyboy says:

    Good review, I’d agree with that score. Loved the ending as well. Very dark and funny. :)

  6. Ryan says:

    Really enjoyed this one as well! Dark comedy at its best.

  7. theipc says:

    I started this once and never finished it. I think the wife got me doing some chore or something and just didn’t care enough to go back to it. I need to finish it some day…

  8. Victor De Leon says:

    good review. going to check this one out! thanks!

  9. I’ve had this kicking around for a while now – and Kill List too. Will watch them one day, I think I’ll really enjoy them based on what you’ve said here. One day I’ll get to that pencil museum, too, although it’ll have to wait until after I’ve been to the lawnmower museum.

  10. ruth says:

    I haven’t heard much about this film but the premise sounds interesting! I do fancy British humor so I’ll definitely give this a shot, Chris!

  11. Tyson Carter says:

    Preferred this to Kill List :) Quite funny in places, not what I was expecting but fitting ending!

  12. I love British humor, so will rent it! Nice review, Chris.

  13. Love Ben Wheatley, but ashamed to say I haven’t seen this yet though. Thanks for reminding me Chris!

  14. Beer Movie says:

    Still shamefully have not gotten around to seeing this. Great review man.

  15. table9mutant says:

    Hmm. I had no intention of seeing this. But if YOU like it… Maybe I will. Nice review. :-)

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