Thursday, March 19, 2015

What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows is a comedy horror styled mockumentary film that was just released in February of 2015. Directed by both Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, this film follows three vampires that live together in a flat located in the Wellington suburb of Te Aro. We follow these three roommates, all coming from different periods and locations in history, as they try to adapt to the very different and confusing 21st century culture. Unable to travel outdoors during the day, due to the fact that vampires burn up in the sun, they are restricted to out door travel only at night. Literal creatures of the night, most of the films plot and comedic effect comes alongside their struggle to fit in and live successful lives while they are unable to experience day life.

Jemaine Clement, most famous for his work in the New Zealand musical duo Flight of the Concords, brings his amazing sense of comedy to life on the big screen. Not only did Taika Waititi  and Jeamaine create the film but they also did an amazing job on screen, alongside Jonathan Brugh. The acting in this film was phenomenal. Each character added a lot to the progression and dynamic of the story; however, if it had not been for the cast the delivery would not have been nearly as powerful.

This film is unlike any other mockumentary I have ever seen before. Going into this film I had no idea what I should be expecting but I definitely came out pleasantly surprised. The cast was extremely entertaining to watch, the set and production design was interesting and eye catching. The only complaint that I could possibly have about this film is that the comedy did not go far enough. If you are to take anything away it is that the comedy stylings were unique in every way, which made it interesting throughout. I would recommend that everyone take the time to this film because everyone I have spoken with has walked away with a different opinion.

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