What We Do In The Shadows (2014)

What We Do In The Shadows (2014)

Directed by: Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi

Starring: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, Rhys Darby , Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer and ,Stu Rutherford

Rotten Tomatoes:96%                                                                    Empire:4 Stars

Who would watch this?
Anyone who watched Flight of the Conchords and any male under the age of 28 would watch this movie. Picture a bunch of drunken rugby lads continuously repeating the jokes from the movie with each other, like it was their own (sucking the life out of it, like vampires who feed on anything funny).  Think of movies and TV shows that the office lad repeats quotes from e.g. Borat and The Mighty Boosh (ranted, I do quote this from time to time). To be honest and fair, I would watch this because it’s an interesting concept and it is kind of funny, slightly forced funny but still a good comedy which is hard to find these days.

Who would win the Oscar?
The acting was very mediocre, but hey, I’m not going to judge this from an Art house indie perspective, but from the perspective of a movie that had a budget of $1.6 million dollars and was shot in Wellington,New Zealand. In an alternate universe where comedies got nominated for Oscars, Ben Freshman would win the Oscar his portrayal of Petyr an 8,000 year old vampire who lives in the basements and has a horrendous penchant for brutally consuming his victims. He has no lines, but yet is the most memorable character in the movie.

Was it actually funny?
Yes, it was funny. Not laugh out loud funny, but then again, if it’s not one of my jokes, you probably won’t catch me laughing, ever. It’s definitely worth the watch, it’s light hearted, fun and entertaining.

What let the movie down?
I think what let the movie down was the plot, surprising I know. The idea is great, but when you have so many directions the movie could go, you could end up going nowhere. So I think that’s what happened with this film, it doesn’t really culminate to anything, I didn’t really care about the character’s, however, I don’t think it was the film’s purpose to lead somewhere but rather to be a funny and enjoyable watch.

Watch in the cinema or watch on DVD?
Well it’s definitely not in cinema anymore, it’s in a place much closer to your home, a place called Netflix, you might have heard of it. I probably would have watched it on Netflix even if it was in the cinema, because nothing in it really warrants a visit to the cinema, except if you just want to show your support of their work as a fan of Flight of the Conchords.

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