What We Do In The Shadows is a great example of how things have changed in New Zealand over the years. When I say changed, I mean how the general populace views things such as music and films made by kiwis. Go back 15-20 years ago and it took major breakout New Zealand music hits to grace our radio frequencies, where as now kiwi music is everywhere. The culture cringe has gone!
Now think of kiwi comedy, in both a filmic and TV sense, which even 10 years ago had people cowering behind their pillows in shame. But now shows like Outrageous Fortune, Flight Of The Concords, 7 Days, and The Jono & Ben Show, plus films like Boy, show that we now sit proudly up when viewing kiwi comedies, as if we now suddenly think we’re funny.
So with What We Do In The Shadows being all over the TV, inter webs, and billboards, shows not only that it has a decent marketing budget, but also that the audience is much more mature with regards to kiwi content. This is fricken awesome, as it means great content like this doesn’t get missed anymore out of pure ignorance to its existence.
The film itself was really funny all the way throughout, and like with any documentary, or in this case mockumentary, it can be a little all over the place in a structure sense. But because you’re being taken from scene to scene with many great laughs in each, it’s actually easy to let that stuff slide and just sit back for a fun ride.
The performances were great, the set design brilliant, the writing spot on, and the directing solid, but there were a couple scenes that didn’t work so well. This however was most likely either due to budget constraints or having to stick to the multi-camera documentary style where often the best choice of shot wasn’t an option. But all up though, this was a damn fine and funny film that I hope lots of kiwis get out to watch!
9 out of 10 from me!!!