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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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