The Movie: 7.5/10
Because I love my husband, and my husband loves certain things, I often go along for the ride. A few years ago he caught on to a show from New Zealand called Flight of the Concords, and his affection for that show ran deep. You see, his sense of humor is kind of complicated. He doesn’t laugh much, but the people who wrote and starred in that show made him laugh, therefore I would have liked them, even if I didn’t like them:) I did. Jermaine Clement, Taika Waititi, and Jonny Brugh play “roommate” vampires in the city, and the daily toils that come with modern vampire living. It’s not a new idea, nope, but it’s got that thing, that intangible thing that I really can’t explain. It just makes me laugh. It’s dry and sometimes very basic in the humor department, but using every vampire trope from movies and TV shows combined with their dry “wit” kept a smile on my face almost the whole time.
What annoys one vampire about his roommates? The mess. Oh, dirty dishes, blood all over the place, common problems that even our living dead need to address with house meetings and emotional confrontations. The movie has the mockumentary style thing going on, which is kind of tired tool for films these days, but again, they have a certain quality about them and the way they do things that makes it fun again.
Our writers/directors/stars Clement and Waititi are both really good as the lead vampire dudes. I particularly liked Waititi and his character. He was a kind of wealthy frilly guy back in his day and nothing has changed. He likes socializing, being tidy, and he’s the peacekeeper of the group. Clement was apparently a torturer type, maybe Vlad the Impaler kind of guy, but now he doesn’t go to the dungeon much. We can all identify with that as we get older.
Oh, we can’t forget Peter, the Nosferatu reference in the basement. I could be annoyed at such a blatant use of all these obvious things, but I can’t bring myself to be anything other than amused. I laughed, I winced, I made THAT face when they made a joke or had a site gag that was either just plain gross or kind of idiotic…and yet I kept smiling.
What We Do In The Shadows is a fun Halloween flick that needs to be added to the list of October movies!
- Commentary With Jermaine Clement & Taika Waititi – Actors/Writers/Directors Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi offer a very funny look behind the scenes in this commentary. It’s not quite as funny as the movie but if you are a fan of Jermaine and Taika you will be pleased.
- Behind The Shadows – A 17 minute making of special which consists of raw footage and some on set antics.
- Deleted Scenes – 12 deleted scenes worth watching just to see Nipple Eyes, trust me it’s worth it.
- Video Extras – In the video extras section you will find the 27 minute short film that inspired What We Do In The Shadows also a bunch of extra stuff cut from the movie.
- Interviews – Not the interviews you might be expecting, these interviews are with the actual characters and not the cast. Included are Deacon, Vlago, Vladislav, Police, Werewolves, and The Zombie.
- Promo Videos – Short promo videos that introduce the different characters, these are quite funny and worth a watch.
- Poster Gallery – A poster gallery that contains 50 different posters.
Cover Art: 8/10
Yes. I like the cover. I like the colors, the image, the attitude. I would even have it as a poster in our movie room:).
Audio & Video: 8/10
What we do in the shadows comes in a 1080P AVC encoded transfer that is up to the job but not perfect. The movie has a lot of dark scenes and a lot of those scenes are filmed with consumer grade camera’s which causes a lot of black crush and noise in the image. This is not a fault of the transfer though just the directors intent. It’s a very odd-looking movie but detail and textures come across very well.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless track is very impressive given the nature of the film. Dialog which lets face it most of this movie consists of comes across clean despite the cheesy russian accents some of the vampires sport. One very impressive use of surround sound occurs in a basement and involves fire, I don’t want to spoil the scene but you will know it when you watch the film.
Overall Score 7.5/10