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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Jane Austen Meets the Undead

February 12, 2016

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie poster


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a droll little romp that is really hard to describe. Yes, it is Pride and Prejudice with zombies but it isn’t a farce or spoof. It is told straight-faced but everyone seems to be enjoying themselves. The violence isn’t too extreme and the whole thing feels like a weird hybrid that doesn’t know what it wants to be. P&P&Z is quite possibly the nicest film ever made about millions of people dying.  If you are a fan of Dr. Who, Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones you will enjoy your favorite characters running around, slaughtering zombies and arming themselves to the teeth.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Lilly James


The story revolves around the Bennet sisters dealing with suitors, zombies and zombie suitors. They live a nice lower-middle class life and have forgone their schooling in order to become undead killing machines. Their time training in Chinese Shaolin temples (yep. I said that) has paid off and they are able to take care of themselves when problems or the dead arise. It is still Pride and Prejudice so their mother is looking to marry them off to rich suitors to make sure they will have a roof over their heads during the oncoming war.   Did I mention the movie is bonkers?

All the stock P&P characters pop up (Darcy, Wickham, Bingley) and the plot lines are the same but they have to deal with the constantly evolving zombie threat. In P&P&Z the zombies are smart suckers that don’t actually turn into zombies until they taste human brains. The undead set traps, manipulate and organize themselves in a force to be reckoned with. It is a good thing that the “warrior daughters” are on the job because there is danger behind every door and under the soggy British ground.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Yes….there are montages that feature women arming themselves before going to a dance.

I enjoyed the movie because of Lily James (Cinderella), Charles Dance, (Game of Thrones) and Matt Smith (Dr. Who). I am a big fan of the actors and it still boggles my mind that they signed on for this weird little movie. The subject matter is insane but they all sell the material without nary a wink at the camera. I still can’t believe this was intended as a Natalie Portman franchise and I wonder what that would’ve looked like. However, once the film starts you forget about Portman and embrace the weirdness. Matt Smith  steals the show as Mr Collins and I had a smile on my face every time he was on screen. His version of Mr. Collins is kinda bonkers, always fun and loaded with sweet dance moves.

Matt Smith dancing


P&P&Z will make for a perfect cable movie because it is lighthearted affair that is actually fun. Director/screenwriter Burr Steers did a solid job keeping it from becoming too in love with its cheeky title and was able to make a possible one-note film fun from beginning to end. I know a lot of people will be scratching their heads in confusion but if you can embrace the ride you will enjoy the film.




One Comment leave one →
  1. February 12, 2016 12:14 pm

    Really looking forward to seeing this one. 🙂

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