Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What We Do in the Shadows

2014, New Zealand, directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi

Like many a mockumentary subject -- in this case chronicling the endless lives of a group of vampire housemates in New Zealand -- this is a little thin at feature length, although paradoxically I thought it improved a good deal after the scattered opening twenty minutes with the addition of a new character that injected an element of plot: Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, who's apparently best-known as a standup comic, is quite brilliantly deadpan, and there are some very amusing set-pieces, especially a gala gathering at a desultory local hall (there are also several surprisingly gory scenes -- surprising especially for my neighbours when I watched this on the seatback screen of a plane). 

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