I'm really sick of vampires. Coming from someone who was very briefly a Twi-hard in high school, this says a lot. But really, vampires are almost as overdone as zombies now, and it's just gotten tired. Sure, occasionally I'll pop The Lost Boys into the DVD player so I can watch some campy homoerotic 80s vampires, and I've been toying with the idea of finishing True Blood - I've only seen the first season.
So, when someone told me to watch "a cute, Flight of the Conchords vampire comedy," I wasn't all that excited. I've seen A Vampire in Brooklyn. I've seen Fright Night. Hell, I even sat through the nightmare that was Vampires Suck. I figured I knew where the vampire comedy could go, and I don't know that I've ever actually heard a Flight of the Conchords song. I seem to remember an ex-boyfriend being a fan of them, but I couldn't pick them out of a line-up.
I watched it anyway. That was a great idea.
A delightfully satirical romp, What We Do in the Shadows is a mockumentary about a group of vampire roommates in New Zealand getting ready for a convention for supernatural beings. The four roommates, along with their very recently turned young friend, are all from very different periods in history, and the film does a great job of representing and playing off of that "age gap" dynamic.
Reminding us of a Christopher Guest movie as it channels its inner Best in Show, you'd be hard-pressed to find a flaw within What We Do in the Shadows. From the vampire roommates awkwardly glamouring humans without any finesse or suave to the hipster werewolves that serve as our heroes' bitter rivals, this film is a dry, satirical riot.
A highlight of the film is Taika Waititi's performance as the lovable and awkward protagonist, Viago. He also co-wrote and directed the film with Jemaine Clement. I was incredibly surprised to hear that this was the first film project Waititi has directed since Boy in 2010, as the direction seemed so practiced and clean, the comedic timing meshing with the writing almost flawlessly.
I hate to write a review without including a flaw, so I will mention that there were a few very predictable gags, but if that's the only thing I can find wrong within a film, then someone is doing something right.