Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Sightseers

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 88% (Critics) / 93% (Audience)
Directed By: Ben Wheatley
Written By: Amy Jump, Alice Lowe and Steve Oram
Starring: Alice Lowe, Steve Oram, Eileen Davies
Studio: IFC Films

Synopsis: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 separates 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 the wrong way, over a very jagged edge. (Source)

The Good:
For a time, Lowe and Oram have a wonderfully quirky outcast chemistry that finds the viewer absentmindedly rooting for them before remembering that they are both horrible, damaged individuals and that their relationship is incredibly toxic.
I also liked the way this movie was shot like a travelogue of the less than “must see” attractions of English countryside. The movie is visually appealing while also being just as quirky as the two protagonists, full of lingering shots that border on the uncomfortable.

The Bad:
There are some points where the film seems to just come to a complete stop and desperately needs a spark to get it moving again.

The Ugly
Realizing after 90 or so minutes that you just watched a movie with not one redeeming character in it.

Final Verdict: A very dark and violent comedy following a very broken couple (with one being shocking more broken then the other) and is very unflinching in just how horrible it is. If happy endings and lighthearted moments are what you look for in a comedy then SIGHTSEERS is not for you but you would be worse off for not seeing it if you are a true movie fan.

Grade: B+

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