Being a HUGE fan of vampires, I’m surprised I haven’t seen this sooner. WHY DID IT TAKE ME SO LONG?! This was a fantastic take on the vampire genre, and Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clements created a unique film that is able to stand out in an over-crowded field.
What We Do in the Shadows is a mockumentary following the lives of four vampire flatmates: Viago (Taika Waititi), Vladislav (Jemaine Clements), Deacon (Jonny Brugh), and Petyr (Ben Fransham). From arguing over domestic chores, finding suitable meal options, fending off vampire hunters, and even trying to find true, eternal love, this a loving, tongue-in-cheek homage to the lore and mythology of vampires.
The acting is superb. Each of the vampires feels like their own individual person, with different wants and needs. I ended up sympathizing with these guys, and forgot that they were actually vampires (well, until carotid arteries were severed and fountains of blood coated the furniture).
This is an incredibly funny movie. I rarely laugh during my cinematic experiences, but What We Do in the Shadows made me chuckle quite a bit. A few jokes fell flat, but overall I had a lot of fun during my viewing.
I also adored the cinematography and loved the mockumentary style of the film. It allowed me to feel like I was actually hanging out with these guys. If you’re easily grossed out, though, this isn’t the film for you. Being vampires, these guys have to feast on human blood. Obviously there’s a lot of blood shed in this movie, and other unsavory things happen as well.
If you’re a fan of vampires, or are looking for a fun romp of a film that will warm your heart and tickle your funny bone, What We Do in the Shadows is an excellent choice. If you have a weak stomach, this is probably not the best film for you, but if fountains of blood don’t bother you, put this on your watch list.