Sat outside in the twilight, the mystical shapes of the spotlights allowing the haunting architecture to illuminate and allude. There is a chill in the air as the summer winds down, bringing the warming glow of the sun into a brisk breeze that freezes the bones of those unprepared. Gathered, nay, huddled in the open space of Somerset House, film fans delight with picnics, booze and good company. There are sleeping bags, cushions and more important, friends, all ready to take a bite out of Film 4’s Summer Screening and UK Première of New Zealand’s spoof What We Do In The Shadows. And the film does not disappoint.
What We Do In The Shadows is one of the funniest films of this year. The exuberance and intellect combine to drain us of laughter. Utilising the silliness that made Eagle Vs Shark such a delight and adding yet another layer of cleverness allows us to feast upon the jokes with great spirits too. Balancing the visual humour, the spark of humanity left in the vampires and the situations as the modern vampires unfold are hysterical, giving us a side of supernatural life that feels as fresh as a virgin. The aspects of the fanged life are wonderfully portrayed with this bout of glee such as drawing pictures of each other so they know what they look like (no reflection, you see.) You’ll be gutturally chortling and squealing with delight as the riotous movie hits you with joke after joke and is unrelenting in its humour.
The mockumentary works on every level and is wrapped up nicely within an hour and a half so the concept doesn’t stretch further, becoming dull. You’ll be swept up by the sharp yet daft wit presented here, leaving you with a (fanged) smile on your face, What We Do In The Shadows is jests with this Kiwi sub-culture and deliciously leaves you gagging for more treats. Feeling very Monty Python yet wholly original. The film is teaming with pop culture references, and a clash of the ancient and modern culture is smart, but most importantly funny.
What We Do In The Shadows hits UK Cinemas November 21st.