Movie: Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

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Written and Directed by: Burr Steers
Based on the book by: Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith

If you’re a fan of Pride & Prejudice and you love zombie movies, than I have some good news for you… you are going to love this movie.

Let’s just get this bit out of the way…Yes. This movie is exactly what you think it is.  Jane Austen’s British Regency novel revolving around the Bennet Family, but this time with a few more zombies than you remember.  It’s the same classic story of Elizabeth Bennet and her Mr. Darcy, but this time they are both highly trained in the deadly arts of zombie slaying.

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Full disclosure? I never did finish reading the book. Once I got past chapter two the novelty of the entire thing had worn off for me.  Honestly it was just there too look hilarious next to my worn copy of Pride & Prejudice on the bookshelf.  This movie, however, felt like a cohesive story as both genres were weaved so well together.  I would watch this movie a million times.  If only for the amazing face-off between Elizabeth and Darcy during the world’s worst marriage proposal.

The movie makes the assumption that the people watching are at least a little familiar with the plot of the original story.  This is evident in the fact that quite a bit of the original story has been streamlined or flat-out changed to make sure there is room for the appropriate fight scenes and Zombie slaying.  Which you will hear no argument from me about as they were a bloody joy to watch (pun intended).  In fact, some of the greatest scenes in the movie were when the Bennet sisters showed off their zombie killing skills.  If anything I almost think that the movie could have used a little more of that.  I have seen many a Pride & Prejudice adaptations and while I love every single one of them, I found myself longing for the zombie moments.PPZ-05

The cast is so great and everything about their performances just worked.  Lilly James embodies everything that I have ever loved about the character of Elizabeth Bennet.  I would also like to point out that if ever there was a Mr. Collins I wasn’t going to hate with all of my being it would be Matt Smith’s completely ridiculous interpretation of the role.

If I were to offer up one complaint it would be that in the beginning there is a pretty substantial bit of exposition that is kind of dumped on the audience.  All the information is necessary to get out of the way as it explains how we got to the point of a zombie ravaged country.  However, it was told in a way that still left me feeling engaged (if only a little overloaded with information).

The movie ended on a note which leaves it open for a sequel.  Whether or not this will be a thing, I don’t know.  I won’t even try to lie… I would watch an entire trilogy of a happily married Elizabeth and Darcy fighting zombies side by side.  I would not hesitate to anything if only to be able to spend more time with these characters in this particular universe.

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This movie was funny, violent, romantic and very gorgeous.  Not to mention the costumes are simply drool worthy (I would kill a million zombies for Elizabeth’s coats).  So I cannot recommend it enough if all these sounds like things you enjoy.  It was a delicate balance between the classic love story while also featuring the over the top zombie violence and it hit all the right notes.

 

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