What We Do in the Shadows
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WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS chronicles the adventures of four vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern world that's not always hospitable to the undead. Clement and Waititi, creators of the HBO hit series "Flight of the Conchords," co-wrote, co-directed, and co-star in this hilarious send-up in which an endearingly unhip quartet of friends reveal to us or, rather, to the documentary crew that's filming them, the details of their daily-make that nightly-routine. Ranging in age from 183 to 8,000, and in appearance from adorably youthful to Nosferatu-crusty, they squabble over household chores, struggle to keep up with the latest trends in technology and fashion, antagonize the local werewolves, cruise clubs for lovely ladies, and deal with the rigors of living on a very, very strict diet.
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This movie is so well done- the timing, the camera work, the improv, the music, the artwork the editing, the jokes, the set, and most of all the cast- just perfect. Taika Waititi and Jermaine Clement were meticulous. Love it! So sad that someone didn't enjoy it because they failed to see the irony.
In case of an earthquake or apocalypse, it will be with my survival library with Socrates, Shakespeare and De Quincy (speaking of the opium eater, this movie is addictive). I wish there were more out takes, more extras, more footage. Really enjoyed ALL, including the intro and art, the c. 200yr old band's terrible music. I covet the oil paintings and loved the horrible, hand-made, 'chore' wheel. It 'pokes' fun at all the vampire 'types', and werewolves. Flying into the air to fight... but ya got no leverage so...uh, you can really only hang there and slap each other. Then poor Vladislav, 'never gets the heads right'. He's a growling cat scaring Nick which is now my screen saver (thanks Beast). I want everyone I love to see it. The police performances were fantastic. Brilliant movie. Jackie and her penis envy. The whole movie, super funny.
I'm a pretty serious Dracula/vampire buff - seen all the traditional Dracula's, the Interview with's, the documentaries, the made-for-tvs, the tv shows, the kid's movies, the Dark Shadows, the Fright Nights... I could seriously go on. Suffice it to say that I'd thought I'd seen just about every take you could do on the same old song and dance.
And then What We Do in the Shadows came up in my recommendations.
For anyone who's seen This is Spinal Tap, this is sincerely the vampire version of it. It's a strange combination of adorably innocent and blood and guts. If cute could ever be used to describe a vampire movie, this would be the time. It's funny, it's clever, and it's the perfect feel-better movie (I should know, I was feeling really down when I stumbled across it, I couldn't stop smiling as I watched it).
All in all, couldn't recommend this movie enough. If you or someone you know is as frustrated about getting a fresh vampire fix as I was, suggest/gift them this.
I mean, the case is PINK.
That is all.