Sightseers

sight-boxAt the first sight of blood spurting from the tire-tread neck of the litterer her new boyfriend ran over with his RV, Tina should have foreseen that her camping trip with Chris would be fraught with one bloody calamity after the other. But we forgive her oversight because she’s been scarred by her mum calling her a murderer every day for the last year ever since the accidental death of her dog, Poppy. So, we forgive her again when she steals the dog of a man Chris pushed off a mountain. And when she lets Chris beat a man to death with a big stick after he chastised her for not picking up Banjo (aka Poppy Mark II) poop. And when she goes to a movie alone with a giant plastic pencil she got at the pencil museum. And when she pushes a bride-to-be off a cliff after she snogged Chris at her bachelorette party. And when she runs over a jogger with the car. And when she pushes Chris’ new business partner down a jagged rockface. Come to think of it, this whole accidentally killing her dog thing may have upset her more than we first realized.

Netflix calls Sightseers a dark comedy, and while it is funny in a subtle way, don’t expect the screwball hijinks you find in other dark comedies like Death at a Funeral. This one’s much more disturbing. But if you’re looking for quirky, we’ve found the quirkiest, here at the roadside attraction tour from Hell.

 

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4 thoughts on “Sightseers

  1. Spot-on review. I loved Sightseers. After Kill List and Down Terrace — equally good if not better, I think, but in very different ways — I wasn’t sure what this movie was going to be like. But I think the director handles this new twist on dark comedy well. Brave, too, to attempt something entirely different when it would have been far easier to just continue as he had been.

    Good read, glad to have found your blog.

    Chris from sillyoldgoat.com

    • Hi, Chris. Ah, I haven’t seen the director’s other films, so I saw this out of context of his body of work. It’s good to hear from someone who has the context and is coming at it from that angle. Thanks for commenting!
      PS. I like your website, and not just because I am also a huge fan of goats (owning an ibex in New York City is looking less and less likely, though).
      –Jaime Pond

      • Hey Jaime,

        Interesting. Well, maybe that’s a good way to go, in some respects. That way you can watch the others and come back to Sightseers and make a more balanced comparison (Kill List is a hard watch at times but worth it…you’ll probably either love it or hate it I would think).

        PS Thanks very much. It’s quite new, but shows promising signs. My pleasure to comment, by the way.

        And glad you’re a huge fan of goats! Take it easy,

        Chris

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