Any relationship, whether friendly or romantic, progresses along roughly the same path. Things start off strong – something that has come to be called the “honeymoon period” (so-named for the 1986 film Haunted Honeymoon, starring Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner). This is the exciting time when partners are still discovering things about each other and how they fit together. This indeterminate length of time is characterized by passion and happiness, but it cannot last forever. Eventually all of the good surprises are out in the open, and all that reamins are the less-than-savory details. Ben Wheatley’s 2012 film Sightseers follows a couple (Alice Lowe and Steve Oram) as they dive into this phase of their relationship during a holiday getaway.
Nothing can kill a movie quite like its own hype. In the perfect alternate universe we will be able to go to a movie theater and see a film completely blind its specifics. No reviews, no plot synopsis, no trailers. Hell, no title even. We would just go in, sit down, and be served an artist’s work. There could even be war and famine in this reality; I don’t care, as long as I can see my movies without outside influence. Perhaps it makes me sound easily convinced, but even knowing the critic consensus on a film can affect how I enjoy it. I try to watch movies objectively, but it’s not always possible. So when I saw A Fantastic Fear of Everything tonight I actively tried to put the buzz out of my mind.