What happens in Sightseers caught me completely off-guard.
This is a dark, twisted road comedy that boasts Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, The World’s End) as one of its executive producers. Steve Oram and Alice Lowe star as Chris and Tina, a couple going on their first holiday together. They pack up a trailer—much to the chagrin of Alice’s attention-starved mom—and head out on a tour of England.
What follows, I will not divulge; I will just say the movie offers a cool surprise.
Oram and Lowe are excellent in this movie, giving us the two best RV-traveling characters since Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty in Lost in America. There’s a great mix of darkness and funny here, and it’s refreshing to see something this unpredictable. It’s a deranged delight—well worth your time.
Director Ben Wheatley is a bit of a nut. He also delivered a segment of the anthology film The ABCs of Death that was a thousand kinds of crazy. I’m interested to see what the man does in the future.
Special Features: There’s an audio commentary with the director and cast, some outtakes, and a making-of documentary.