Monday, September 15, 2014

Sean Kelly

TIFF 2014: What We Do in the Shadows

WhatWeDoinTheShadows

From co-directors Taika Waititi (Eagle vs Shark) and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) comes this mockumentary about a group of vampires living together.  A documentary crew follows 379 year old Viago (Taika Waititi), 183 year old Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and 862 year old Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) as they live together in modern Wellington, New Zealand.  The three vampires’ lives get more complicated when their 8000 year old Nosferatu-like flatmate Petyr (Ben Fransham) turns their intended victim Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) into a new vampire, who begins to show the three the ways of the modern world.

The vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows is structured as if it were a real documentary about a group of vampires living together.  This includes the difficulties that a vampire faces in the modern world, which includes not being able to enter bars, without being invited in by the bouncer.  The main dramatic arc of the film comes with the addition of Nick to the group, who still has a lot to learn about being a vampire.  Nick also brings along his human best friend Stu (Stuart Rutherford), who the group tends to like more than Nick.

What We Do in the Shadows is quite a funny and enjoyable mockumentary, which includes some quite hilarious vampire hijinks, including among other things, Viago’s somewhat messy eating habits and a bat fight between Deacon and Nick.  The film should also be well-received by fans of Flight of the Conchords, since in addition to Jemaine Clement, Conchords co-star Rhys Darby makes a humorous appearance in the film as Anton, the leader of a werewolf pack that are rivals to the vampires.  Altogether, What We Do in the Shadows turned out to be a pretty fun film.

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).