Since Thor: Ragnarok is coming out in about 2 weeks, I figured that I would review What We Do in the Shadows which is co-directed by Taika Waititi (who directed the new Thor).
What We Do in the Shadows is a comedy mockumentary (a la The Office) that revolves around four vampire housemates and their unusual way of living. Viago (played by Taika Waititi), Vladislav (Jermaine Clement from Flight of the Concords), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Petyr (Ben Fransham) must also mentor new vampire, Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer), who is a more modern and doesn’t fit in with the group.
While the premise is pretty simple, I find this film a breath of fresh air that can poke fun at the vampire craze we seemed to have entered into the past few years. Comedies usually fall flat for me, but Waititi and Clement’s unique sense of humor had me smiling and laughing throughout the movie. The chemistry between the cast was exemplary as each vampire has a certain personality archetype. Viago is the boy next door, Vladislav is the ladies man, Deacon is the cool one, Petyr is the quiet, grumpy one, and Nick is the outcast. The dynamic is even further heightened when Nick invites his human friend, Stu (Stuart Rutherford), to the group and everyone likes him better.
I can’t really pinpoint any negatives except that I wish that there was more screen time for Petyr, who is my favorite of the vampires. I also wish that we got to explore the mythology a little bit more – we get to see werewolves, zombies, and vampire hunters but we don’t get to see what they do in their day-to-day lives.
All in all, What We Do in the Shadows is a great indie movie that you want to put on if you need a good laugh. I give it a B+