Wayne’s World (1992)

Wayne's World Movie Review

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Wayne’s World Movie Review

Wayne’s World is a 1992 comedy film starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey. It is a highly overrated, unfunny film.

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No Stairway. Denied!

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Wayne's World Movie Review

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It follows two slackers who have their own show and try to make money off of it. That is the core here, but in my opinion this movie doesn’t really have a story. It is very uneventful and slight and when you think about it, it doesn’t really go anywhere as evidenced by its very annoying non-ending or a parody ending of whatever you want to call that scene.

Mike Myers is weak at first, but he got better as the movie progressed. He is certainly more memorable than Dana Carvey who never really got much to do here. I liked Wong quite a bit and as far as I’m concerned, the only strong reason to see this film lies in that romance between her and Wayne. It is very charming, sweet and overall quite good and unexpectedly strong. Other than that, the film is a waste of time.

Wayne’s World is a waste because it is a comedy but it is just never funny at all. At least it wasn’t to me. I guess that people who were like Wayne and Garth back in their youth or they know somebody like them can empathize and find it funny, but I am not a part or a fan of this particular culture and thus I found the entire film boring. True, great comedies transcend their premises and characters and offer great humor for everyone and this is simply not that film.

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Wayne's World Movie Review

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So not only is the humor weak and most of their catchphrases aren’t all that interesting as the movie makes them out to be, but the mockumentary approach is also very silly, unnecessary and mostly it did not pay off as it was used quite often, but not often or strongly enough. The direction is weak, the structure is odd and the acting is not the strongest. The script is also bad and although the film has its sweet and endearing moments, it mostly fails to connect emotionally.

Wayne’s World has a couple of fine scenes and the romance is actually quite good, but it is overall a hugely overrated comedy which is just never funny or memorable in any way. The plot is non-existent, the film is too limited in its appeal, the mockumentary approach did not work particularly well and the ending is very annoying.

My Rating – 2.5

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What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

What We Do in the Shadows Movie Review

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What We Do in the Shadows Movie Review

What We Do in the Shadows is a 2014 New Zealand mockumentary horror comedy film directed by Taika Waititi. It is an original, but admittedly not great film.

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He was an 18th century dandy, so he can be very fussy

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What We Do in the Shadows Movie Review

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This film is a very interesting mix of genres. It is above all a vampire comedy, but with some horror elements and filmed in a mockumentary style. The mockumentary worked to its full advantage as it added a modern, fun touch to it and I really enjoyed it. The horror elements are rare, but solid and as for comedy, the movie can be really funny at times, but not often enough.

The plot with these three centuries old vampires sharing a flat together in today’s world is comedy gold in itself and such an original, creative premise with a particularly authentic approach. But the execution is not as great owing to its uneven quality.

The film takes its time to get there as the first act is not as engaging and it take time to adapt to its offbeat weirdness, at least that was the case with me. The second act is then phenomenal and so energetic, fun and frequently hilarious. That’s certainly the highlight of the film. But then the third act is definitely not as fun and the movie loses its steam there.

What We Do in the Shadows is weirdly paced and for such a short runtime, the filmmakers still did not know how to fulfill that time and thus I agree with some that this was an ingenious idea for a short film and never a feature.

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Taika Waititi is excellent here, not so much in the acting role (and no actor is really particularly great here), but as a director, he shines here as this is his vision and his direction and style are phenomenal. The score is actually very good and effective in creating its vampire atmosphere. The same can be said for special effects and sets, both excellent for such a small budget. The film is technically pretty terrific.

What We Do in the Shadows is a highly original, but uneven experiment. Its mix of genres and approaches is very intriguing as it is a mockumentary vampire horror comedy with a pretty good premise. Taika Waititi’s direction and style are great. But only the second act is very strong and quite funny as it takes time to get used to its weirdness in the first act and the film loses its steam in the third act. It would have been much more effective as a short than it is as a feature film.

My Rating – 3.5

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