Film Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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The classic Jane Austen tale of Pride and Prejudice of lovers from different backgrounds struggling with their feelings for one another is a tale we all know.

Insert some zombies, a war against the undead and ladies that worry more about their weapons skill than finding an appropriate match, however, tells a different tale entirely.

A contemporary twist on the traditional story (bit of girl-power, anyone?), Pride, Prejudice and Zombies will make you laugh, cringe and believe in the power of love all over again.

Elizabeth Bennet refuses to trade her sword for a ring, and the consequences are dramatic!

Film: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Director: Burr Steers

Date: 2016

Rating: 4/5

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I have to admit, I fall into the category of not being able to stand Jane Austen. I get bored, I get frustrated and I either throw the book across the room (not really!) or turn the television off. But to my surprise, I thoroughly enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Perhaps because it is so silly, so cliché in places, that you can’t help but get sucked in. The fight scenes are fun, the plot is ridiculously and the characters are all so dramatic that the end result is entertainment.

The characters are far more developed than any of Jane Austen’s girls. Elizabeth Bennet refuses to marry any man who would ask her to give up her sword. Maybe she is fighting zombies, but for a modern audience, she is fighting for women’s rights and refusing to be dictated to by a man. Or maybe that is just my interpretation?

Her sisters, too, might be more inclined to fall in love, but won’t hesitate to blow a zombie’s head off if it gets too close. Having a ball is not the same – the dancing turns into amazing fight scenes and the men are left far behind when the Bennet girls get going.

The story follows the traditional Pride and Prejudice. It just throws in a zombie apocalypse, a waging war to prevent the undead taking over the control, some explosions, sword fights and, of course, declarations of love at the most improbable moments imaginable. So maybe not quite the traditional story after all.

There were a lot of familiar faces in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It was nice seeing Charles Dance playing the good guy as the Bennet patriarch, even while it was fun seeing Lena Headey as the most powerful zombie fighter. Matt Smith carries off the dorky act so well that there wouldn’t have been a better choice for the awkward Parson Collins. Having only seen Lily James in Cinderella, I was impressed by her performance as Elizabeth Bennet as well.

This film might not appeal to fans of Jane Austen if they like their characters exactly the way they are. But if you want to spice it up a bit and be entertained from beginning to end, this is a good choice.

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