The first thing you need to know about “What We Do in the Shadows” is that it’s really stupid. This mockumentary about vampires sharing a “flat” in modern times is little more than an extended comedy sketch repeating the same jokes. If you DON’T prepare yourself for this fact then you will be like my husband, who declared 5 minutes into the film, “This is barely watchable.”
It’s an entirely different story for those who prepare themselves for something light and goofy. If you’re like ME and love the deadpan Kiwi wit of Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi (who wrote and directed this) then you will adore “What We Do in the Shadows.”
Four vampires from extremely different backgrounds and epochs live together in New Zealand and fight about mundane daily problems. The movie opens with a roommate meeting where they hash out issues like who is going to wash the dishes and who didn’t clean up after murdering someone in the bathroom. Everything is fine until a new vampire comes into their group and tensions build.
Jemaine Clement became famous with “Flight of the Conchords” and the sense of humor in “Shadows” is similar. Everything feels like an inside joke so it’s fun even when it isn’t laugh-out-loud funny. I had several of THOSE moments as well though (especially when the new vampire made the mistake of eating french fries) and that’s why I’m giving “What We Do in the Shadows” a B. To be fair though, my husband only gave it a D- and some muttered profanity.
You can find “What We Do in the Shadows” now at the Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano.