Review: What We Do In the Shadows

Don’t Miss: What We Do In the Shadows


Do you like to laugh? Do you like vampires? Do you like to laugh at vampires? Of course you do, you’re not Vladimir Putin. (Unless you are, and if so, sorry about that.) The ridiculous mundaneness of lives of the blood-sucking undead are on display in What We Do In the Shadows, and basically every second is ridiculous fun.

Jemaine Clement (of Flight of the Conchords fame) and Taika Waititi show us the real lives of a flat of Wellington, New Zealand vampires mockumentary-style, and while sticking with the vampire tropes we all know and are sick of (drinking blood, having no reflection, immortality) make it fresh and totally worthwhile. Pretty much everyone in the film is hundreds of years old and can’t go out during the daylight, meaning they face some challenges and some unexpected delights when partaking in modern-day life.

As this is an indie film with a fairly limited US release, I had to drive to Indiana of all places to see it. But every minute in the car was worth it. Me and the seven other people in the theater laughed from basically the first minute until the credits rolled. I don’t want to discuss the movie too much because I think it’s worth it not to spoil anything, but if it’s playing within two hours of you, check it out. Don’t let the limited release stop you–its totally worth it. Well, only if you like to laugh, that is.

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Abby Penning

Following in footsteps the likes of: Nora Ephron, Frances Fitzgerald and Eppie Lederer, Abby seeks to hone her opinion into a sharp and decisive tool used to inform and educate the masses - unless they don't agree, then she just beats them to death with it. Also a lover of pop-culture and friendly debates (arguments), Ms. Penning finds the world of modern entertainment so fascinating and compelling she can't contain her thoughts on what she consumes! Educated, articulate and opinionated, Abby's most distinguishing feature is her ability to work a minimum of 4 jobs for 80+ hours a week (Isn't that called work-a-holic?) When asked, "Why do you work so much, Abby?" she simply posed, "Who would do it better?" (Just kidding, I can't actually publish what she said.) Make sure to cruise her column, Ask Abby..., and to Contact Us with your questions for our thoughtful editor.

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