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What We Do In The Shadows Review


Excellent

Aside from being flat-out hilarious, this vampire-themed reality TV spoof actually has some pungent things to say about friendship in the 21st century. Not that it's ever trying to make a point. The goal of Kiwi filmmaker-stars Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi (known for the TV series Flight of the Conchords and the film Eagle vs Shark) is simply to poke fun at the genre while keeping the audience in fits of knowing laughter. And it's a relentlessly entertaining romp.

In Wellington, a camera crew decks itself out in crucifixes to protect itself before heading to a house shared by four vampires. The house's self-proclaimed leader is the preening dandy Viago (Waititi), who tells off the others for neglecting their chores. Brooding lover Vladislav (Clement) is annoyed that he's not as powerful as he was 800 years ago. Deacon (Jonathan Brugh) is a good-time boy who hates Viago's rules. And Petyr (Ben Fransham) is 8,000 years old and prefers to lurk menacingly in the basement. Then they meet Nick (Cori Conzalez-Macuer), a new vampire who with his human pal Stu (Stuart Rutherford) helps the flatmates understand more about present-day society as they prepare for the social event of the season, the annual Unholy Masquerade Ball.

Like a reality TV show, the film meanders through the lives of these men as they face everyday issues with a pronounced vampire slant. For example, going out for a night on the town isn't easy: first, you can't see yourself in the mirror to get ready, then you have to be formally invited to enter any bar or club, and finally if you hit a major artery while feeding the mess is a nightmare to clean up. Deacon has another problem with his human slave Jackie (Jackie van Beek), who is tired of being strung along with promises of immortality. And the local pack of werewolves is seriously annoying.

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Ever wondered what the life of a hundred-plus-year-old vampire would be like in the 21st century? A documentary crew were granted protection as they gained access to the household of a group of  blood-sucking fiends - who aren't as scary as you'd imagine. There's polite dandy Viago, bad boy Deacon and ladies' man Vladislav and they all live together in a dilapidated flat with their ancient Nosferatu like friend Petyr and all the problems that regular flatmates share. Desperate to connect with the modern world, they meet young tearaway Nick who soon causes them more than enough trouble. Things get a little tense when the group frequently invite their human technophile friend Stu over to help them with phones, computers, TVs etc., with, unusually, absolutely no intention of killing him. Not only that, but they soon find themselves amid a rivalry with the local werewolves.

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Has Flight Of The Conchords' Jemaine Clement Created Best Ever Vamp Comedy With 'What We Do In The Shadows'? [Trailer + Pictures]


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Fans of 'Flight Of The Conchords', brace yourself for yet more eye-watering hilarity as creator and star Jemaine Clement brings you the only vampire movie you're going to need to see this year (and, probably, ever again), 'What We Do In The Shadows'.

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A hilarious cast makes vampire comedy 'What We Do In The Shadows'

That charming deadpan New Zealand humour that we loved so much in 'Conchords' makes its return in this wonderfully satirical mockumentary about three vampire flatmates who bring in some fresh blood and consequently start to feel the strain of immortality. A camera crew has been granted access to this undead underworld, whereby they meet Viago, Vladislav and Deacon who, apart from having pointy teeth, a thirst for blood, no reflections and the power of levitation, live really rather ordinary lives, going out clubbing in their waking hours and struggling with the housework rota.

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What We Do In The Shadows Trailer


Wellington, New Zealand. A documentary film crew were granted access into a secret society. Said society is situated in a Wellington apartment, and centres around three vampires. Viago (Taika Waititi), an '18th Century Dandy, Vladislav (Jemaine Clement), 'a bit of a pervert', and Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), 'the bad boy of the group', all live together and argue about chores and various little squabble that often plague housemates. When they add Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) to their ranks, his fooling around and amazement at the powers he now possesses are highly annoying for the other vampires. The four clash, with hilarious consequences. 

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Eagle Vs Shark Review


Weak
The only measure of a comedy is whether you laughed, and how hard. As comedies go, the Kiwi import Eagle vs Shark, doesn't register more than halfway up the comedy meter. Writer-director Taika Waititi manages a sprinkle of chuckles, a couple of guffaws, but, mostly, while watching it, I felt as if I were a polite judge at an audition, unable to leave or bark "Next!" for fear of hurting its feelings. It's offbeat, I'll give you that. Terminally offbeat. But it rests a bit too comfortably on its geeked-out charms and sweet intentions to ever really carve out an "attitude" for itself, or come up with enough inventive ideas to make it worthwhile.

Everything Eagle vs Shark tries to do, Napoleon Dynamite already did, and did better, funnier. Dynamite has proven itself as the contemporary standard-bearer for this sort of comedy -- the absurdist geek romance, deadpan in tone, and peopled with quirky but sweet-natured characters.

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Eagle vs. Shark, directed by Academy Award®-nominee Taika Waititi (the short, Two Cars On Night), is a wry comedy that chronicles the quirky romance of two awkward misfits, Lily (Loren Horsley), a shy fast-food restaurant cashier, and her crush, Jarrod (Jemaine Clement, HBO's One Night Stand: the Fight of the Conchords), an electronic store clerk. 

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Taika Waititi

Date of birth

16th August, 1975

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Actor

Sex

Male

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What We Do in the Shadows Movie Review

What We Do in the Shadows Movie Review

Aside from being flat-out hilarious, this vampire-themed reality TV spoof actually has some pungent things...

What We Do In The Shadows Trailer

What We Do In The Shadows Trailer

Ever wondered what the life of a hundred-plus-year-old vampire would be like in the 21st...

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What We Do In The Shadows Trailer

What We Do In The Shadows Trailer

Wellington, New Zealand. A documentary film crew were granted access into a secret society. Said...

Eagle Vs Shark Movie Review

Eagle Vs Shark Movie Review

The only measure of a comedy is whether you laughed, and how hard. As comedies...

Eagle vs. Shark Trailer

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Eagle vs. Shark, directed by Academy Award®-nominee Taika Waititi (the short, Two Cars On Night),...

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