director Ben Wheatley
If you like your comedy black and British, Sightseers might be right up your alley. It comes from English director Ben Wheatley (Down Terrace (2009), Kill List (2011), A Field in England (2013)), who is developing into one of the more notable English filmmakers at present. It’s also produced by Edgar Wright and Nira Park, but most notably it’s written by Alice Lowe and Steve Oram.
Who are Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, you ask? They are the stars of the film.
Actually, it’s an adapted work that they originally started in the theater but developed for the screen. They play a couple of thirtysomething shlubs, from the British Midlands who have found romance in one another and decide to go caravanning at various sites of interest around the middle of England.
It’s one of the oddly English qualities that I’ve noticed over the years that likes to depict more average or typical English people, the unglamorous, plain, typical people rather than Hollywood’s eternal “everyone is beautiful and lives at the gym.” And these characters fit well within that. They are wallflowers happy to have found one another.
But as it turns out, holidaying with anyone, especially a newish lover can be trying. Especially if it turns out your boyfriend is a serial killer. Unless of course it taps into your own desires for such a career.
Really, the film is about the relationship, emblematic of relationships and holidays most recognizable. The kind of “we’ve all been there.” The murders and eventual gruesomeness are if anything a commentary of the banality of life, love, and the average schmo.
I did like the film. The sightseeing that they do is funny and typical of England. I’ve even been to the tram museum that they visit.