Let me start out by saying, this film was a pleasant surprise. Okay, I know what you're thinking... I'm reviewing another film from the land of Kiwis... Or maybe you're not thinking that, but I just realized it myself. But what can I say? They're damn good at what they do. What We Do in the Shadows is a mockumentary directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. It follows the existence of four vampires staying together in twenty-first century Wellington. Viago, Vladislav and Deacon share a flat along with Deacon's maker Petyr; he's is several millennia old so he doesn't get out much.
Akin to This is Spinal Tap but with actual humor, each flatmate has their different quarks and personalities, which makes for some great comedic moments. Viago is the host of this "doc" sharing a little of himself and organizing his friends into participating. A neat freak, sweet, sensitive type, Viago obsesses over his lost love, a woman he loses an amorous opportunity with when his servant ships him to the wrong location.
Then there's Vladislav, who can be described as, dark and sexy, reminiscent of Dracula from the 1992 Coppola film. He's pretty much an emotional void with the exception of his woes over his nemesis who's only known as The Beast. Deacon is pretty much a chauvinist asshole, who's always looking to score. Each character is so well written, you could almost see them in an actual documentary featuring actual people living their lives as ACTUAL vampires... Scratch that last "actual". There are also three supporting characters.
Deacon's obedient, wannabe-vampire servant Jackie, who lingers on to the promise from Deacon of eternal life. Then there's Nick, an angsty rebel who you basically want to punch in the face and Stu, the lovable, helpful best friend of Nick. WWDITS focuses on the nightly goings-on of the group and builds up to The Unholy Masquerade; a ball held for all the ooky spooky creatures of the night. There's a showdown with said beasties at the ball followed by a clash with a pack of werewolves that all makes up the intense climax of the film. What We Do in the Shadows is a knee slapper and well worth the time to check out. After spending a minute and nineteen seconds reading this, 85 minutes should be a snap. ;-) Viago at the Unholy Ball
Available on Amazon for $.99, Google Play, Vudu and YouTube from 3.99 as well as Redbox.