Chris wants to introduce Tina to "his world" by taking her on a cross-country road trip through the British Isles in his beloved Caravan. Tina has lived a pretty sheltered life due to her stern mother, so the two set off to see the sites. As they begin their dream vacation, the couple begins to grow more and more frustrated by the locals around them, leading Chris to take extensive action to make sure nobody ruins their dream getaway. Ben Wheatley's Sightseers is a rather unique, pitch-black comedy that delivers both the twisted violence and comedy more so than not, even if it doesn't quite live up to its fantastic concept. Why this film works in the slightest is the on-screen chemistry between Chris and Tina, who have this sorta neurotic energy which makes them easy to relate too and even dare I say root for regardless of their psychotic tendencies. These two individuals are complete psychopaths and the film doesn't spend much time trying to explain how they became so warped. Obviously the obnoxious people which surround them have something to do with it, as does Tina's sheltered upbringing, but Wheatley doesn't care to discover the root of their problems. I don't really consider this a problem in practice but because of this the film straddles the line between grounded and over-the-top, making it not nearly as enjoyable or horrifying as it could have been. While I consider Sightseers a minor disappointment given the potential of its concept, Wheatley once again proves to be a unique voice in cinema with Sightseers, a film that is bound to be a midnight-movie classic.
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