Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Posted in Reviews, Top Stories by - January 28, 2016
Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies catches us off guard with a lively film that combines that regal class of Pride and Prejudice with the thrill of a zombie Apocalypse.

Adapted from the novel of Seth Grahame-Smith, who adapted his novel from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is bizarre and taboo on the surface, but pleases you to an extend not anticipated. Admittingly I was not intrigued at the prospect of exploring a narrative I cherish in Pride and Prejudice be infiltrated by brain eating Zombies, but I begrudgingly dragged myself to the screening, and have been thanking myself ever since.

In Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, we follow vintage tale of Elizabeth Bennet(Lily James), the impenitent and strident woman with a self respect seldom accompanied by women of the times. Ms. Bennet and her sisters have been trained thoroughly to fight against Zombies, a common practice for this zombie ridden world they are living in. Zombies or not, women of the time are still expected to be presentable to men, and what better man than Mr. Darcy(Sam Riley), the Colonel of England’s army fighting the Zombies, and a man of great wealth. As the story goes, she is repulsed by Mr. Darcy upon first meeting, but the feelings are far from mutual. To his great disgust, Mr. Darcy has fallen, and fallen hard for Ms. Bennet, and as we all know, the two seemly perfect specimens end up together when all is said and done.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is able to illuminate all the major components we love about the classic tale, whilst giving us snip-its of exciting gore and enthralling action, unfounded in the original novel. We even have the pleasure of a charming comedic theme throughout the picture. This film flows impressively, managing to find the perfect balance of zombie involvement, and much to my surprise, does not rely on the zombies themselves to carry the film. I cannot stress enough how impressed I was by this meld, as I thought for sure the filmmakers would devilishly overdo the zombies simply to lure in as many people as possible.

With beautiful cinematography and perfect editing, this narrative is as appealing to the eye as any rendition of Pride and Prejudice. Director Burr Steers, who was also a contributor to the screenplay, is undoubtedly a large reason for the success of this film, and definitely inserted some interesting chucks of laughter in the movie for us to devour. James and Riley have a charming element of chemistry together, and would do well to work together in future pictures. Sprinkle in the amusing roles of Mr. Bingley(Douglas Booth), Mr. Collins(Matt Smith), Jane Bennet(Bella Heathcote), and a conniving role of Mr. Wickham(Jack Huston), and the film is rounded off nicely with talent.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a comprehensively pleasant film to watch, and I believe this feature appeals to both fans of Pride and Prejudice, along with fans of newer works such as The Walking Dead and World War Z. The concept itself is the most difficult thing to stomach, and I can’t vouch for Jane Austen herself enjoying this film, as she would likely be appalled at the notion of zombies being incorporated into her most popular novel, but overall this is a truly respectable adaptation. My wish is that you give this film a chance, and I think you’ll find that keeping an open mind is always the best practice.

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