Friday, February 13, 2015

MINI-REVIEW: What We Do In The Shadows

What We Do In The Shadows

Taika Waititi,
Jemaine Clement


February 13, 2015

Taika Waititi,
Jemaine Clement

Unison Films

1 hour 25 minutes



From shows like "The Office" and "Parks & Recreation" to films like "Borat" and "This Is Spinal Tap," mockumentaries have been around for a long time and have been consistently entertaining people.  Not to mention, these types of projects have been vastly superior to the found-footage genre, despite there being some notable exceptions.  It's actually pretty brilliant that the writers/directors/stars of "What We Do In The Shadows," Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, decided to go on the mockumentary route here, as the found-footage genre I feel is starting to feel repetitious.  The film showcases the "real" lives of Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav, three centuries-old vampires struggling to live in modern times and dealing with modern problems like paying rent, finding food, and making due with their eternal lives.  What follows in the 85 minute duration of this film is a series of hysterically funny moments, some great tongue-in-cheek references, and overall entertaining characters who are just a pleasure to spend time with.  Seeing how this film is being backed by the comedy site "Funny or Die," I think it's pretty easy to tell that this isn't just any run-of-the-mill comedy.  Rather, it's an intelligent, witty, and downright hilarious comedy all the way through that I highly recommend to those who are looking for non-stop bellylaughs.

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