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Chris (Steve Oram) wants to show Tina (Alice Lowe) his world and he wants to do it his way - on a journey through the British Isles in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan. Tina's led a sheltered life and there are things that Chris needs her to see - the Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Keswick Pencil Museum and the rolling countryside that accompanies these wonders in his life. But it doesn't take long for the dream to fade.
Litterbugs, noisy teenagers and pre-booked caravan sites, not to mention Tina's meddling mother, soon conspire to shatter Chris's dreams and send him, and anyone who rubs him up the wrong way, over a very jagged edge...
Contentious? Definitely. Suitably for a family audience? Most definitely not. One of the funniest, most violent and well rounded British movies of recent times? Very much so. For his third film behind the camera, Sightseers, director Ben Wheatley brings together Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, who developed the two lead characters and script, and sends them on a sightseeing holiday around Britain.
It's a trip taking in seemingly tacky, yet genuinely interesting looking attractions that the two middle-aged lovebirds visit, yet there soon comes something of a twist. For as the holiday progresses, so does the bodycount, as Oram's Chris finds ways of dealing with the people who tend to get on his nerves. Litterbugs, snobs, Daily Mail readers: they all find their way into the annoyances of Chris.
What makes Sightseers work though, and is explored on the collection of extra features, is not only the terrific and believable pairing of Oram and Lowe, but also Wheatley's commitment to making such a black comedy out of their adventures. It's a frequently hilarious film, yet not afraid to shock, so as not to lessen the impact of the violent acts contained within it.
Challenging, entertaining and brilliantly played, Sightseers also benefits from a quality selection of extra features, to accompany a main attraction that's set to be enjoyed for a long time to come. Highly recommended. --Jon Foster
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I thought this was dark British humour at its best. It was hilarious in places, but I really think you'd need to be well versed in British humour to understand this, as my husband is foreign and he didn't really 'get it'.
The whole caravan, knitting and killing spree combination was brilliant - really intelligent writing - and Tina's knitted bra and crotchless panties were a hoot!
Say no more - watch it for yourselves! It's a must see!!
It also helps immensely that the script was written by the film's stars, Steve Oram and Alice Lowe (with additional material by Amy Jump), who play the ordinary caravaners with emotional baggage on a tour of some of the less prestigious sights in the north of England like the Keswick Pencil Museum and the Ribblehead Viaduct. She's stuck caring for an elderly and manipulative mother who still blames her for the accidental death of her dog, he's an aspiring writer searching for his oeuvre. So far so Mike Leigh, until this perfectly matched couple of overlooked everyday people's holiday takes a turn for the bloodthirsty with the possibly accidental killing of a litterlout who ruins the Crich Tramway Museum for them ("I think you've found your oeuvre, Chris.").Read more ›
The loving couple are going on a caravanning holiday, which I believe is quite popular with people I do not know, and will visit place of interest in Yorkshire. Chris though has a little quirk, he doesn't like people with bad manners or who litter or who are generally a pain in the trousers, and I feel the same way, only difference is when they wind me up I don't effect righteous retribution.
This is a dark comedy and has some really funny or quirky moments, like knitted underwear for instance. It is not laugh out loud though and it does have a fair smattering of gore, actually that should be splattering. The scenery is great as you would expect from a film with this title and the actors are all brilliant, even the little dog. This is obviously down to the great direction from Ben Wheatley who also directed `Kill List'; I think a pattern is emerging here. Even the music is good with two versions of `Tainted Love' no less.Read more ›
Think of a midlands based Natural Born Killers, without all the media sub-plot, but knitted underwear and huge pencils, you're nearly there.
Another user on here compared this with Keith Lemon: the movie as the worst thing they saw last year. Well I'm sorry, but that person doesn't know film from real life,
Ignore the posters for the film, its not laugh out loud funny, and its a world away from anything Wright would normally do, so don't go in expecting Hot Fuzz, or SOTD. If you know Wheatleys movies, you will expect something dark and unexpected, with a twinge of humour.
Another thing I noticed with this movie, is that it has an almighty eighties feel to it. From the settings to the clothes, it doesn't feel like its set in 2012, 1984 would suffice, despite the use of technology.
It's eerie but never really scary, smart but never over pushing the mare, and amusing but not LOL funny.
There is a brooding sense of dread through out and the leads are wonderful as the stars truck people in lust.
The ending lets the side down a little, but if you are a fan of Wheatley, this is really good stuff.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The description accompanying this film is misleading. If you are looking for a good British comedy then this is to be avoided at all costs. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Simon
Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn. Read more
First saw this on TV sometime ago and found it quite enjoyable at the time as its content was a complete surprise. Read morePublished 2 months ago by reflection
Oh so wonderful , just love this sort of black comedy , intellegent and witty , had everything for me . May not be everyones cup of tea . Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mavee
Thought this was going to be a light hearted comedy about caravaning and places I would recognise....... Read morePublished 4 months ago by L. Pitchford
Dark comedy with subtle parts that you see on the second watch - excellent.Published 4 months ago by Mick Olley