Score: 2.5 out of 5 Stars.
This is film review 9
‘Pride + Prejudice + Zombies’ involves elegant British ladies killing zombies during the Black Plague. It is also based on a parody novel by Seth Grahame-Smith with elements of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice. Basically the parody novel was just ‘Pride + Prejudice’, but Grahame-Smith thought it would be fun to include zombies in the pages.
I’ve never picked up the book ‘Pride and Prejudice’, or even watched the countless film adaptations, so I had no idea what to expect plot-wise; I wasn’t even sure I was going to enjoy it. The trailer was enough to convince me to see this movie, I just didn’t think I was prepared for it. If anything, I was prepared for a snooze, and I seriously almost fell asleep. ‘Pride + Prejudice + Zombies’ stars Lily James in the role of Elizabeth Bennet, who spends most of her time getting ready to fight the walking dead with her sisters Jane (Bella Heathcote), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse) under the training of their father (Charles Dance), all while their mother (Sally Phillips) picks out possible suitors for them. There is also a love triangle between Elizabeth, the professional zombie slayer Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley in a forced – yet throaty – British accent), and George Wickham (Jack Huston) , a soldier who may have a secret.
The thing about ‘Pride + Prejudice + Zombies’ is that it is clunky and certain scenes feel rushed at times with the addition of zombies just coming out of nowhere. Its other problems come from the fact that while the makeup adds some practicality to the zombies, it’s the effect during the first scene where a female zombie is gnashing on a man is what didn’t work. I have to mention that ‘Pride + Prejudice + Zombies’ is rated PG-13. My problem with that is I feel that the filmmakers were trying too hard to get a PG-13 rating by toning down the violence. Note: If your zombie movie involves action, don’t be afraid to go all-out. This is an action-horror flick.
The one saving grace that ‘Pride + Prejudice + Zombies’ has is that you’re not supposed to take it seriously, and there are honestly some funny chuckle-worthy moments. In one scene where the Bennet sisters are slaying zombies, one of the suitors comments on one of the sisters saying how pretty she looks in British fashion.
The humorous dialogue and timing is enough to tell you that this is a parody. The movie doesn’t feel like one, but you just have to remember which source material this came from. It’s not a great or terrible film, but if you know the story of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and you want zombies, then this is your British cup of tea.