Written by and starring Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, Ben Wheatley’s comedic tale of murders on the Yorkshire Dales left me willing the passage of time to speed up so I could finally escape the screening.
Lowe plays sheltered, dowdy 30-something Tina who, desperate for a life away from domineering mum sets off with Oram’s oddball on a caravan holiday which sees them turn serial killer.
As the pair move from one caravan site to another, each move precipitated by yet another killing, the rationale for their actions becomes ever less plausible and the circumstances even more unfunny.
The whole film feels like an overlong spoof of an Alan Bennett Screen One, complete with Thora Hird-a-like mum, which has somehow leapt out of a Catherine Tate or Little Britain episode and onto the big screen.
There’s nothing about the premise or water-thin plot that offends, i just found it utterly unfunny.
Fairness requires me to point out that while the film failed to provoke a single laugh from a sizeable number of preview audience members, many clearly enjoyed it and it’s had some rave reviews.
Just don’t ask me to explain why.
Our verdict: 2/5
Sightseers is showing as part of the 56th BFI London Film Festival. Visit bfi.org.uk/lff for screening details and booking info.