(This is What We Do in the Shadows film review, which is a mockumentary directed by Thor 3’s director)
Have you ever wanted to watch some comedy that is more subtle in nature…and yet filled with some supernatural beings? Well, What We Do in the Shadows is exactly that with the addition of some magic from the awesome Thor 3‘s director.
It is directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, and stars bunch of mostly New Zealand actors such as Jonathan Brugh, Ben Fransham, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, and Jackie van Beek as well as the two directors themselves. Without further ado, let’s delve deep down into the darkness in the What We Do in the Shadows film review below!
This documentary is made when a crew of documentary makers come to interview and also shoot the everyday life of three vampires who are living in a flat in Wellington. They explore the ins and outs of these supernatural beings and eventually got into something much more. What could it be?
What We Do in the Shadows Film Review
The story is actually nothing out of the ordinary, and I think that is precisely the point of this mockumentary film. It’s not meant to tell great story full of unexpected turns and twists. Rather, the filmmakers know what they want to show to the audience – the everyday normal life of New Zealand Vampires. So, as a mockumentary, the normal ordinary premise actually fits the atmosphere as well as the film itself.
Truth be told, because of the perspectives shown, it breathes a breath of fresh air to the genre. I felt that the people inside are having fun and nothing feel forced. And that’s why the premise is a hit with me, as they manage to eke out as much fun factors as possible just from such simple common premise. And oh the film also ends pretty well in a way that we don’t expect.
The story is actually nothing out of the ordinary, and I think that is precisely the point of this mockumentary film.
The pacing can be pretty slow in the beginning, and only picks up the pace upon the middle of the film. So for those that can’t stand slow moving flow, the beginning of this film can be a bit boring as they try to introduce the story world to the audience. However, if you like such supernatural existences in the first place, then you will notice quite a few jokes and references to other films in the same horror genre.
Comedy wise, one must know that this is not your typical Hollywood comedy that is forced, or very direct and obvious. A lot of the comedic moments are subtle, and also derive from their speeches and references to other horror films. There are much less action comedy and more….’intelligent’ comedy so to speak. Suffice to say, if you are a horror fan, then you should be able to understand most of them. But this also makes this film appeal only to certain audiences.
The stars of the films are here. I must say Waititi’s performance is pretty great here. His way of speaking and demeanour just make this film fun to watch. Also, he likes to have fun with his own ability but I also like the fact that the other two vampires also have contrasting personalities yet they blend well together. All three of them are interesting in their own way, and has their own unique backstory as well as abilities that they are proficient at.
However, the true main stars maybe the side characters such as the Werewolves (now swearwolves) as well as the new vampire on the block, in addition with the normal human Stu. Its their interactions with one another that all these funny moments just appear, even if most of them are quite subtle and only intended for certain audiences. It’s the absolute contrast of ordinary versus supernatural beings that try to live peacefully together.
All three of them are interesting in their own way
It’s just a pity that not more of other supernatural beings are shown, but as the first instalment in the franchise, this is actually enough to build the story world. I’m glad that they decided to really focus on a few characters instead of trying to cram in as much as possible.
Soundtrack is a mix of old jazz as well as older 18th century music, it just fits the film with its atmosphere and mood. And somehow it fits the the whole premise well too.