What We Do in the Shadows tackles the awkward and tricky side of being a vampire with hilarious results.
The script has four easily likable characters that keep the mockumentary entertaining and engaging.
Deacon is a 183-year-old vampire who likes to knit. As the youngest of the bunch, he’s the rebel of the group. Viago is the 379-year-old vampire who enforces the house rules. As a dandy from the 18th century, he’s fussy and a hopeless romantic. Vladislav is the 862-year-old once tyrannical vampire. As the second oldest of the group, he has medieval ideas and a sort of tragic back story. Petyr is the 8,000-year-old vampire who’s the film’s stand-in for Nosferatu. As the oldest, he is more savage than the rest but wouldn’t hesitate to give you eternal life.
The narrative makes fun of the vampire lore through the daily – or rather nightly – routine of this unhip quartet who are trying to adapt to the 21st century. The mixed results of their efforts are similar to the challenges of being human, providing a lot of relatable funny moments. They have difficulty getting into clubs, cleaning up after meals, dealing with relationships, and maintaining a strict diet.
Other characters are thrown in to add more funny moments when the jokes run out – newly turned vampire Nick, mild-mannered Stu, aspiring vampire Jackie, and a group of werewolves.
The movie’s use of practical effects and minimal CGI is clever. They’re able to deliver believable and funny action scenes without the need to sink a lot of money on visual effects.
The whole cast is superb as each actor turns in great performances. Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, and Jonny Brugh stay true to their characters and insert enough human-like goofiness to make them personable. The rest shine as much as the principal cast when they’re needed to bring in variety to the vampire parody.
The film set is small in scope but it does help build engagement and closer interaction with the characters.
What We Do in the Shadows doesn’t offer much beyond one-note jokes about vampires. But the movie’s clever way of using tropes to create a relatable story instantly makes it a horror and comedy classic.
What We Do In The Shadows
What We Do In The Shadows is a funny and charming mockumentary of vampire life in the modern age, thanks to endearing characters and witty jokes.