I’m hesitant to write about What We Do In the Shadows, because I find it impossible to talk about without breaking out into giggles. My friend Rachel describes it as a movie about vampires adjusting to life in the modern world, specifically New Zealand. And that pretty much sums up the plot – it’s a mockumentary so there isn’t really much ‘plot.’ But the thing that makes it more than just strange is that it was written and directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (whom you may know from the also strange and wonderful Flight of the Conchords.)
You can get a good sense of the tone from the trailer:
As you can see, the gore/horror elements that may put wimps like me off of a movie like this are so exaggerated as to be ridiculous, so don’t let that keep you from seeing this. It’s really a delight and I laughed out loud more than I have at a movie in a real-time. The jokes could have gotten repetitive, in that there’s only so many “he doesn’t understand modern times” gags you can take, but the script thankfully builds much more on the characters than on their situation. The introduction of the new vampire Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) and his human friend, the boringly affable Stu (who, like his character in the film – actually is just an IT professional who is somehow friends with a group of eccentric outsiders) bring a fresh (hilarious) energy, right when the movie would have started to lag.
Go see it if you can! It’s really weird, but it’ll make you laugh.