(As this blog is basically a diary of every movie I see there are occasions where I will add an entry for something that I’ve already seen and written about. This is one of those occasions. Do not panic: normal service will be resumed shortly.)
This was my second viewing of Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s sharp vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows, and my thoughts haven’t changed all that much since writing my original review last year, which you can read here if interested. The spoof documentary format is obviously a little hackneyed but I don’t particularly care when the gags come as thick n’ fast as they do in this film, and I found it just as funny the second time round (though I doubt it will still cause as much mirth if I were to watch it a third time). I guess if anything another viewing allowed me to appreciate one or two sight gags and minor jokes I’d missed first time round, and also the quality of some of the comic acting by the support cast, in particular Jackie Van Beek’s servant wannabe Jackie and Cori Gonzalez-Macuer’s Nick, the newly-created vampire who can’t keep his mouth shut. Still, even though I mentioned this in the earlier review I feel that I really should point out the excellent work by the lead trio (Clement, Waititi and Jonathan Brugh) again, who convince as flatsharing friends just as much as they convince as outlandish and inept bloodsuckers coming to terms with modern life in New Zealand. Aside from the comic interplay between these three it’s also worth reiterating that the (low budget) special effects are pretty good, from vampire Deacon turning into a bat to Nick’s sudden and threatening ‘blue face’, briefly used to settle an argument with a convenience store worker. Even the cheapest-looking stuff, like the wire work or the fight with werewolves that takes place at the end, comes with plenty of charm and wit.
Directed by: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement.
Written by: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement.
Starring: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, Jackie Van Beek.
Cinematography: Richard Bluck, DJ Stipsen.
Editing: Tom Eagles, Yana Gorskaya, Jonathan Woodford-Robinson.
Music: Plan 9, Various.
Running Time: 85 minutes.