What We Do in the Shadows is a movie I never knew I needed: a comedic mockumentary following the lives of four roommates. Okay, so that sounds kind of boring, but what if I threw in the fact that they are also all vampires? That sounds better, doesn’t it? What We Do in the Shadows is a dark comedy romp that brings to life all aspects of vampire life we have never seen before in the cinema. For instance, we see these vampiric roommates fighting over chore delegations, figuring out what (or who) they are going to have for dinner, trying on clothes, and overall just being a group of friends trying to live undead life to the fullest. I couldn’t get enough.
Written, directed by, and starring Jemaine Clement, one half of Flight of the Conchords, and Taika Waititi, Shadows is an absurd look at what life would be like for four vampires living in one house in New Zealand. The film’s mockumentary style allows us to take on the role of cameraman when the characters speak directly into the camera, as they move through life and also through talking head interviews, just like a documentary. They also used photographs to show the characters’ pasts exploits which gave the audience a chance to see just how long these vampires have been around.
With a cast of colorful, and very awkward, characters, this film has you relating to these monsters while also cringing for them as they fail to grasp the rules of society. Viago, Vladislav, Deacon, and Petyr are the old vampire housemates. As the movie goes on, they gain a new vampire, Nick, who soon becomes a pain in their fangs as he repeatedly yells “TWILIGHT! I’m TWILIGHT,” giving away his status as a vampire to anyone who will listen. One of my favorite parts of the film was Nick’s best friend, Stu. Stu is a human and Nick refuses to let his vampire friends kill him or turn him into a vampire. The roommates all end up loving Stu and they become almost obsessed with this unassuming tech developer. He teaches them all about modern technology, like cellphones, digital cameras, and computers. He even find videos of sunrises so these vampires can experience the sun in a way that won’t burn them to death. It’s heartwarming.
The cast is rounded out by Anton, and his not-very-intimidating gang of werewolves. Their motto is, “We’re werewolves, not swear-wolves,” so you can get an idea about what kind of monsters these guys are. It’s comedic gold to see these two groups go against each other, because they are just really bad at it. It’s a refreshing take on the vampire vs. werewolf motif.
This film is sure to be a cult classic for those who enjoy the almost macabre twist of a vampire comedy film. The mockumentary style is a fresh take on the almost outdated vampire story, and it lends itself to the audience laughing throughout the entire film. Seriously, this movie has jokes around each corner. For sure, sometimes the bits could go on for a little too long, but it is just because these artists are so funny and they just had so much to share. And if that isn’t enough for you, check out the soundtrack. The music in this film is fantastic.
Okay. So, really, I think you should go and see this movie. What We Do in the Shadows. Go now. I’m using my vampire telepathy on you.
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