Vic's Flick Picks
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
(2 1/2 popcorn boxes)
Not enough Zombies. Not that Pride and Prejudice needs Zombies… but if you’re going to add Zombies then they should definitely be center stage and present.
The basic Jane Austen story is followed pretty strictly. Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) takes a dislike to Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) when he steers his best friend Mr. Bingley (Douglas Booth) away from Elizabeth’s lovely sister Jane (Bella Heathcote).
But in this story, zombies have overrun England and young ladies are kind, well-read and trained in the art of zombie killing.
I laughed out loud several times at the quirkiness of the humor and I enjoyed the zombie fights with Darcy and Elizabeth. But those moments were too few and the action was what was needed to make this version truly remarkable. If you want to see a great version of Pride and Prejudice, I’m going to have to recommend the 2005 film starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfayden. I can watch that one all day long.
As usual, the character of Parson Collins (Matt Smith) was hilarious – as written by Austen herself, this pompous social climbing cousin of the Bennets was a joy. And Lena Heady as Lady Catherine was weird, and rightly so in a zombie movie.
But Pride and Prejudice and Zombies doesn’t quite hit the mark for brilliant satire – like Warm Bodies or Shaun of the Dead. The sway was too much to the seriousness of Pride and Prejudice and missed the boat on the zombies.
Spoiler alert… How cool would it be if Darcy fell in love with Miss Elizabeth even though she was a zombie? Or…wouldn’t it be sweet if Elizabeth loved and took care of Mr. Darcy at Pemberley where he was hidden away as a zombie? Pfft! I should write this stuff! Alas, neither Darcy nor Elizabeth are zombies.... it would be a whole lot cooler if they were.
I give Pride and Prejudice and Zombies two and a half out of five boxes. The film is rated PG-13 for zombie violence and action. I’m going to go home and watch Shaun of the Dead. Simon Pegg knows how to put zombies in a zombie movie!
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Lena Heady is beautiful, tough and scary. One of my favorites was her role in this 2008-2009 television series based on hit movie which introduced us to Arnold Schwartzenegger.
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