Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies Review

Pride Prejudice and Zombies ReviewSynopsis: Screen adaptation of the zombie-remix version of Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies, in which the Bennett sisters must try to navigate the pressures of finding husbands whilst avoiding the growing zombie plague.

Tagline:  “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” – Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Release Date: 2016-2-5 | MPAA Rating: PG – 13 | Coolthulhus Earned: 4

Trailer: Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies

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Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies Review

Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies actually entertained me a lot more than I thought it would. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nothing more than a semi well-shot piece of bloody fluff, but it doesn’t try to be more than that. That’s how it succeeds. It’s as ridiculous as the book – probably more so, to be honest – and almost impossible to look away from.

Matt Smith did a great job playing Parson Collins as a cringe-worthy priss, and Lily James handled her role as Elizabeth Bennett quite well. Sally Phillips, as Mrs. Bennett, did a great job of playing up the role of the singularly most irritating woman I have ever seen in a movie. I wanted to smack the magpie out of her every time she opened her mouth.  That’s probably why I nearly cheered almost every time Charles Dance, (Mr. Bennett), opened his. Mr. Darcy and the rest of the cast were pretty much completely forgettable, but as they weren’t exactly striving to be an Oscar-worthy film, what do you expect?

The only thing I will poke at, and hard, is the fact that they had to do the “Oh, it’s super horrifying – see, here’s a shot of a zombie baby to really drive home the horror.” Just stop. The wrapped bundle in the zombie mom’s arms was all that you needed to see. Not a gore-speckled, obviously zombified infant. Jerks.

Overall, whilst I wouldn’t have paid to watch it in theatres, for a home viewing, it was quite the pleasant surprise. See for yourself, rent it now on Amazon.

4 Star Rated Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies Review

Title: Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies | Director: Burr Steers | Actors: Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, etc | Production Cos:  Cross Creek Pictures, MadRiver Pictures, QC Entertainment | Release Date: 2016-2-5 | Genre(s): Horror & Romance | MPAA Rating: PG-13 | Review Rating: 4 out of 5 

 

5 thoughts on “Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies Review

      1. Well, because I’ve been down with a cold, my partner decided she would humor me, and we streamed two movies last night: “Deadpool” and “P&P&Z.”

        My partner has never read P&P, regarding it as one of those female books she despises. Me, I’m an old fan. (Yes, in our relationship, the guy is the one more likely to have read/seen books and pics our culture thinks are oriented to women.) And she’s no lover of horror, either. So this colored our reactions.

        Me, I’d agree with you, Lilyn, that it’s a piece of fluff, cleverly grafting a zombie story onto P&P’s plot, to the point of echoing the text’s original lines, sometimes with an appropriate twist. I’d give a few more points to the actor playing Darcy as a dark, brooding type, and wish Mr. Bennett got to play a larger role, but since he is primarily a deliverer of ironic comments in the original, I can see why he doesn’t cut so great a figure here. My partner enjoyed the flick, observing, “It made drawing room romances more interesting.” Some day I will get her to read P&P, and see how witty Jane Austen could be.

        “Deadpool” may be introduced by my partner’s comment that “it tried its best to offend and gross out in every possible way, and I enjoyed it immensely.” She’s a cartoonist, but has a dismissive view of most superhero comics, so she was happy to see someone make fun of them in such an outrageous way while still adhering to many of the canons. It’s not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure. I’ll borrow a line from the Screen Junkies Honest Trailer for the movie, and say it appeals to the 15-year-old maniac in each of us, wanting to see sex and violence all over the screen, but having a cartoonish view of both.

        Overall, it was an evening of mindless entertainment, quite appropriate for someone like myself who was struggling with a headache, runny nose, and cough.

        1. In my relationship, my partner is the one who watches the drama movies, reads the literary fiction, etc. He’s accused me (rather accurately) of not liking anything that has a plot. Deadpool was awesome. I’m glad you guys had as nice a night as possible 🙂

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