Diving back into new releases here guys, sorry for the delay but we’re back in action, so that’s all that really matters. Lets travel to the land of Lord of the Rings, and The Flight of the Conchords for this horror-comedy What We Do In The Shadows. The story is as follows:
Follow the lives of Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) – three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life’s obstacles-like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection-modern society has them struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.
Another long one from IMDB, but a pretty good summary of this absurd and hugely charming movie. The creators of Flight Of The Conchords have brought this mockumentary to you, and I can honestly say that it is a gift.
Wonderfully written and directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, this movie delivers exactly what a horror movie, a comedy, and a mockumentary should deliver. Gore, goofs, and a very loving sense of reality. You really do get a sense that these characters are real, and doing their best to survive.
Everyone delivers really solid and funny performances in this movie, with some great and hugely memorable moments (“What are we?” “Werewolves not SWEARwolves” might be one of the single funniest things I’ve ever seen on film). The vampires all have such great and distinct traits, each playing homage to the different types of vampires we see in stories about…vampires (I know, I said “vampires” too much in that sentence). Jemaine Clement is great, and everyone is just so likable that it’s really hard to find much fault with this movie.
That being said, if I had to find something that would be likely complained about, the movie does deliver some pretty silly and broad moments that some of you more ‘serious’ types might find a bit eye-rolly. If you’re like me, however, those moments will just be the silly jokes you love to tell to other people anyways. I mean, guys, SWEARWOLVES!
Seek this movie out, and enjoy the hell out of it. It’s charming, fun, and so so goofy. I give this a strong recommend to horror fans and comedy fans alike. It’s a fun ride, and you just can’t go wrong here.
FINAL GRADE: B+