My sincerest apologies to anyone that reads this blog. I took a few days off from things and made a quick jaunt down to Seattle via Vancouver. Back to reality however, there are movies that need to be discussed! Reviews need to be written! Questions need to be asked!
I had the opportunity to view a film that I don’t even think got a North American theatrical release. What We Do In The Shadows falls into the category of “mockumentary” just like This Is Spinal Tap and other various Christopher Guest films before it. I’m not sure why it didn’t get a theatrical release in the west as I think it would have made some coin. Regardless, I was still able to view it and I really enjoyed it.
This is going to be a weird “review” in that I am actively choosing to not reveal anything about the movie. I can rephrase what is written about the film on a site like IMDb but the point here is that I don’t want to give anything away about the movie. It’s best to go into it with no predisposition other than the basics of the film. Let me try that now:
This is a mockumentary about vampires living in current-day New Zealand. It follows a handful of them from various periods in history currently trying to survive in this day and age. What comes of it is obviously mayhem. I can suggest that the movie was co-written by Jemaine Clement of Flight Of The Conchords fame. That might give some an idea for the tone of the film. Suffice it to say, it’s fucking ridiculous. The absurdist vibe displayed throughout is done well and the subject matter is enjoyable.
What We Do In The Shadows is fantastic so long as you’re able to throw away reality for a moment and simply buy into an alternate timeline where vampires do exist. If so, this movie is a genuine treat. It’s awkward, hilarious, charming, and silly. Also, keep in mind that things associated with vampires would have to exist in this alternate timeline. Twilight this is not and we are all fortunate for that. Enjoy!