While parodies and spoofs have a long cinematic history, rarely do such works possess the narrative cohesion and emotional integrity of Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi's literate and well-observed vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows.
It's been a while since mockumentary aesthetics have seemed fresh in our post-The Office culture, but the clever writing and daily conflicts experienced by the characters allow What We Do in the Shadows a unique combination of dark comedy and pathos.
This didn't really feel like a film. It felt like an episode of MTV's Real World or some other reality TV show, which Is like the worst thing there is. Except, instead of being about ordinary jerks or Snookie or Kardashians, it is about vampires, which makes it slightly better, even though I don't really like vampires, either. I chuckled at 2 or 3 of the jokes. 3.5 stars
This is a delightfully funny film that has a lot of fun with classic horror tropes and parodies them perfectly and has a style that almost feels like it could be real. This is definitely a gem for horror and comedy fans and one of the better mockumentaries to grace the screen.
This is the funniest thing I've watched in years! Viago is a delightful character ("I really hope those guys don't kill those police, because then this means more police will come, possibly even Christians which is totally the last thing we need in this house"). <3
This is a funny addition to mockumentary library. It's clever and plays with vampire mythology in a classical way. I love the Twilight scene and the bat fight. It's not the funniest comedy ever made - but will keep a smile on your face for 90 minutes.
What We Do has this tendency to sell its jokes like a precocious child. It is pleased. It believes itself clever. How clever is it? It is about vampires. It is a paint-by-numbers mockumentary. Algorithms could have produced it. There is not a single person in this film's demographic who will not easily grasp every but of minutiae. It's gonna be playing in theaters for a long time. Audiences love to feel clever.
Finally a comedy that is actually funny! There is enough brains and clever ideas on board to make this vampire spoof work. The acting and the characters are spot on and while the narrative is a bit thin in places I though the director kept things moving along nicely.
An amusing mockumentary, like our generations This Is Spinal Tap. It takes a worn sub-genre and merges it in cultural references for hilarious, if often dark, humor. It's like a series of skits, or a reality television episode, because there isn't much narrative nor dramatic emotion here, but it's still funny and clever. The jokes and gags comes in rapid fire succession, and they all are clever and get a chuckle.
What's great is that the filmmaker's were able to take an oversaturated and tired genre and come up with enough fresh gags to take away the staleness. The mockumentary frame up works well and the film has enough cleverness and genuine laughs to keep the viewer well entertained. The cast is consistently amusing but I'm sorry to the vampire cast but the film belongs to Stu.