Mockumentaries are one of the weirdest genre of movie. After all, you have to hit the right tone in order for it to sell properly. All the while, you have to make it look like an authentic documentary and spoof those elements accurately. So it is a tentative process that only few have mastered including the phenomenal This is Spinal Tap and the British wedding romp Confetti. Yet levitating up to the legendary ranks, so legendary that I can just see the Quote Alongs in the future with people dressed up as the characters, is What We Do In The Shadows. Ok, so, I may be saying that because I immediately went and brought myself a cravat after my first of many screenings. But What We Do In The Shadows has already created a cult of fans who haven’t stopped saying the lines since its release.
The biggest thing you need to know is that the comedy is so on point that even the thought of the film will have your ribs chuckling along together. From the beginning, the hilarity is riotous and hysterical. The team of Taika Waititi and Jermaine Clement find the right balance between writing an intelligent parody whilst still keeping the silliness that flows throughout. The jokes are thick and plentiful. From a vampire's idea of why they prefer virgins to an actual bat fight - there is not a beat that sounds out wrongy in this side splitting, supernatural romp that leaves no victim unappeased when they leave bleary-eyed with glee.
What We Do In The Shadows is a purchase today that will transform your DVD collection into something truly magnificent. It is one of the best comedies of recent years that works on different levels of comedy. There are enough nods to mythological AND pop culture that it appeases historical and cinematic fans as they lavish the spoof laden film. Not to mention it really brings vampirism into the modern era as each decade clashes with ideals upon a backdrop of Wellington. Simply put, it is one of the most ferociously funny films to come out of New Zealand that solidifies Waititi and Clement as comedic masters of cinema.
Go watch a film with an entertaining bite!
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What We Do In The Shadows is out on DVD & Blu-ray now!