Movie Review: Sightseers ✭✭✭✭ (Release Date 30th Nov)

Release Date: 30th November 

Certificate: 15 

Sightseers is a twisted romance story about a couple on a caravan holiday, which is spoiled by the sheer rudeness of the British public.

Directed by Ben Wheatley, the guy behind the phenomenal Kill List; having established himself as one of the most exciting genre filmmakers working in the industry today, he brings to the screen this black comedy, a weird and uncomfortably funny serial killer road-trip movie.

Chris (Steve Oram) wants to show to Tina (Alice Lowe) his world and he wants to do it his way – on a journey through the British Isles in his beloved caravan. Their trips take them to the Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Keswick Pencil Museum and the scenic countryside. But it doesn’t take too long for the romantic getaway to turn. 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.

For the first time Wheatley is working with someone else’s script. Not only do Steve Oram and Alice Lowe star in this movie they also wrote the script. A well written script, sometimes the violence is straight to the point, pure gore and other times you have violence with a touch of comedy. With lines like ‘he said he wanted to shit in my hand and make me use it as a brown lipstick’, an attempt of Tina trying to talk dirty. Between killer lines and skull-cracking murders you’re not sure whether you want to cry, cringe or laugh.

Sightseers is funny, gruesome and well made, however effects are more obvious and as the story is revealed, the plot becomes a little predictable. But it’s definitely worth a watch.

4 stars ✭✭✭✭

Review by Christina Benneworth