What We Do in the Shadows review

  • 23/06/2014

As a follow-up to his hit film Boy, what better genre for Taika Waititi to feat on than the vampire one?

He vamps it up with Jemaine Clement for our viewing pleasure.

What We Do in the Shadows is a mocumentary, Taika and Jemaine are Viago and Vladislav. They're flatmates in Wellington along with Deacon and Petyr.

Deacon has issues with the dishes, but he's otherwise a very cool guy.

The three cruise the bars of Wellington, looking for a good time, and looking for dinner. Vampires of course have quite strict dietary requirements.

When they have Nick for dinner, all sorts of flatmate politics ensue, as they decide whether or not to welcome a new vampire into their club.

Documenting all these goings-on, is our trusty documentary camera crew.

What We Do in the Shadows delighted me on many levels. Silliness abounds of course, but the humour is very dry and often very clever.

It's rammed with quotable quotes and is inherently Kiwi, and it's a laugh-out-loud watch worthy of repeat viewings.

Four stars.

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     What We Do in the Shadows
:: Directors: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement
:: Starring: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stuart Rutherford, Jackie van Beek, Rhys Darby, Kura Forrester, Frank Habicht, Chelsie Preston-Crayford, Yvette Parsons, Madeleine Sami, Ben Fransham
:: Running Time: 86 mins
:: Rating: R13 - Violence and offensive language
:: Release Date: June 19, 2014

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