What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Directed By – Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi

Screenplay By – Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi

Cinematography By – Richard Bluck & D.J. Stipsen

Starring Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stuart Rutherford & Ben Fransham

86 min.

What We Do in the Shadows, a mocumentary about vampire flatmats, opens with full on hilarity. The bloody opening credits sequence is even hilarious. Unfortunately they let plot get in the way of the jokes. While I don’t want to give this movie too tough of a time, because at least they are being original and doing a lot of good things, I do think they went in the wrong direction when they introduce the character Nick, a newly turned vampire into their crew.

Nick becomes an asshole whom the flatmates all hate. Well, hate isn’t funny. Being an asshole isn’t funny. Nick, just doesn’t add humor to this film. The movie does end on a high note, but that is because they go back to making it less plot driven and more just small funny gags.

I think the premise is fantastic and I love the cast, but again I think they added a plot which is ultimately a detriment to this movie. I’m not saying that they shouldn’t have had a plot, but why add a new vampire to the crew when we don’t even know the crew? We are just meeting these characters for the first time, why introduce another, less funny character (unless this is an already established TV show that’s getting a feature treatment? But I don’t think that’s the case).

I do recommend seeing this movie and I will support Jemaine Clement in whatever he makes, but this definitely isn’t a perfect comedy.

God Bless America


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