Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane – like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.
For the past few years I’ve been hearing about this movie in passing, saw a few gifs here and there, but otherwise I had absolutely no idea what it was about. It was only after I found out that Taika Waititi, who directed Thor: Ragnarok, was in this film and that he wrote it, that I decided to check it out. I actually watched it last year but yeah, only getting around to posting it up now.
I think this was the funniest movie I watched in 2017, lol. The entire concept of a documentary following vampire flatmates around modern-day Wellington is just hilarious in itself, but then actually watching them as they live their everyday lives, with all of the vampire complications that come into conflict with modern living. It was great, right down to coming across other supernatural groups and what happens when new vampires join the fold and the additional dynamics and tensions that arise in that. Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav all come to the story with their own backstory–not just personalities, but also what time period they came from–and like any group of friends or flatmates they have their ups and downs, irritations with one another. But they band together when needed, and they all have their own storylines and arcs that was just great to watch, some to comedic effect. But yeah, this movie was a lot of fun but there is a structured narrative to it, with events culminating to one large event at the end. And the payoff was worth it because you come to care for these characters, and you appreciate how far these characters came through by the credits.
But as I said, it was one of the funniest movies I’ve watched this year, definitely up my alley in terms of humour; my brother and I actually found ourselves quoting the movie quite a bit long after it was done (“We’re werewolves, not swearwolves”), so that’s always a good thing. This review is quite short as it’s been a while since I’ve seen the film and having typed up this review, but suffice to say What We Do In the Shadows was a very good movie, a lot of fun but with quite a bit of heart. Definitely worth checking out!
p.s. I know Taika Waititi was teasing about a sequel for this movie, but I’m not sure about it being focused on the werewolves, I thought their presence was just right in this film. Not sure if I can handle a whole film about them unless the rest of this cast returns.